On Sunday, December 14, over 50 Chaverim Five Towns and Far Rockaway members gathered at Chaverim’s annual Member Appreciation Dinner held at Traditions Eatery in Lawrence. The annual dinner celebrates Chaverim’s members, volunteers who give hours of their time weekly to help motorists in need.

During the delicious dinner, newly elected assemblyman Todd Kaminsky addressed the members and described his great admiration for Chaverim as well as his promise to assist Chaverim once he is in office. Next on the agenda was the highly anticipated annual Chinese auction; tickets were based on members’ annual response volume to calls–this year amounting to the 3,100 calls that Chaverim covered. Among the prizes were an iPad, a $250 gift card to Best Buy, and a $250 Amazon gift card. Congratulations to the winners, members D15, W21, and D14! Honorable mention goes to dispatcher #14, who paged 328 calls this year, dispatcher #6 who paged 253 calls, and dispatcher #7 who paged 185 calls this year.

A great time was had by all, and the members came away inspired, knowing that what they do makes a real difference in the community. Special thanks to New York State Assemblyman Mr. Todd Kaminsky and Rabbi Bender of Achiezer for attending the event.


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