Sunday, November 21, 2010

What’s So Funny about Greenpoint? A Huge Success!

Comedian Eugene Mirman

Dear GBA Members,

What’s So Funny about Greenpoint? – the Greenpoint Business Alliance’s first fundraiser – was a huge success! Not only did we raise over $5,000 at this sellout event, but by all accounts everyone had an incredible time.

A successful fundraiser needs support and the GBA’s Steering committee would like to recognize those individuals, organizations and businesses that help make this such a successful event.

First and foremost, we wish to acknowledge Vincent Brunhard for donating the use of his Polonaise Terrace and providing his wait staff. If that was not generous enough, Vincent also provided free hors d’oeuvres to the audience.

Comedian Bobby Tisdale

We received several sponsorships of beer and wine, arranged by Dandelion Wine and black rabbit.   Zev Rovine Selections, Blue Coast International, David Bowler Wine, Brooklyn Brewery, Radeberger, and Brooklyn Brine Pickles all contributed generously.

We are grateful to everyone who contributed to making What’s So Funny about Greenpoint? such a wonderful evening, and would be remiss if we did not single out those people and businesses who took the lead in organizing the event, beginning with the fundraising committee -- Rich Mazur from the North Brooklyn Development Corporation,  Nackie Karcher from the Parlour Brooklyn and Lily Peachin from Dandelion Wine.

City Councilmember Steve Levin (center) with Juliet Linderman and Jeff Mann of the Greenpoint Gazette

A huge thank you goes to Kent and Anne Lanier of black rabbit who not only coordinated and setup the event at the Polonaise, but brought in the comics, Bobby Tisdale, Heather Lawless, Andy Blitz, Eugene Mirman and Todd Barry, all of whom were hilarious. Special mention goes to Rich Mazur, who started us off and “killed” in his own right.

Thank you again to the Parlour Brooklyn - Nackie Karcher who brought in the DJ, Gerald Hammill, for the dance party portion of the evening and for arranging for the sound system.

Thanks to Jeff Mann and Juliet Linderman from the Greenpoint Gazette for helping to promote the event and for providing coverage before and after. (Thanks to Juliet for being such a good sport during Todd Barry’s act.)

Comedian Heather Lawless

We would also like to acknowledge those who volunteered at the event itself. Zayas Appliance’s Gina Zayas, Eastern District’s Beth Lewand, Dandelion Wine’s Lily Peachin and Christine Onorati from WORD  who spent much of their evening working the door – a job made all the more difficult by the number of ticket seekers who unfortunately had to be turned away, as the event was over capacity. Thank you as well to Greenpoint Toy Center’s Herman Hernandez for running up and down Manhattan Avenue hanging posters and for working the drink ticket table with Arthur Borys from Jozef & Sons Jewelry, who also worked the inside door along with Trade Wall Street’s John Czaplinski.  Thanks also to Ed Veneziano from Cato’s Army and Navy who kept everything running smoothly during the event.

We are, of course, appreciative to all who attended What’s So Funny about Greenpoint? including notably, our State Assemblyman, Joe Lentol and City Councilmember, Steve Levin. 

Ed Veneziano of Cato's Army and Navy with Herman Hernandez of Greenpoint Toy Center

Finally, we would like to thank all the GBA members who bought tickets, hung posters in their businesses and did all they could to make this the sold-out event it was.

What’s So Funny about Greenpoint? brought in over $5,000 to help the GBA accomplish its goals, including providing Holiday lights in Greenpoint and strengthening Greenpoint as a destination location for commerce in New York City.

We look forward to seeing all of you at our next general membership meeting, which will take place on Wednesday, December 15th at Capital One Bank on Manhattan and Calyer at 6:30PM.

The GBA Steering Committee

Comedian Andy Blitz

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