St. Bernadette School & the DHAA Knights Present Our Third Annual Golf Benefit

Monday September 29th 2014

October 25th, 2013 - DHAA ST. BERNADETTE KNIGHTS HOST 10TH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY

 

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association/St. Bernadette Knights held its 10th annual Halloween party fundraiser Friday, Oct 25th at St. Finbar's gymnasium.   The event which was full costume was attended by some 340 people.  The party featured superb music by DJ Ralph Danna, and incredible magician performance by Zoltar and fun and games hosted by Louie the clown.  There was more hot food and delicious ghostly desert treats than one could eat.   The party was an incredible success with great music, arts and crafts for the kids, many different games, dancing all night and many terrific costumes.  Superheroes were very popular with the kids this year. Captain America, Batman, Superman  all showed off their superpowers by chasing each other around and pretending to battle each other.  Prizes and trophies were given for the best costumes.   Many, Many thanks to Aunt Butchies "Tasty Chicken" and Villabate Pastry for their tiredless support of our endeavors to raise money for the program.  Also, we thank DHAA Halloween committee led by Natasha Napolitano and Rich Napolitano for organizing the entire event for the DHAA. 

September 13, 2013 - DHAA ST. BERNADETTE SCHOOL HOST 2ND ANNUAL GOLF OUTING

St. Bernadette School & the DHAA Knights Present Our Second Annual Golf Benefit

Friday September 13, 2013

            As you know, as an athletic association one of our main concerns each year is that our kids play in safe clean facilities throughout our sports seasons.   Our facilities now include two baseball fields (Bay 8th field 1A and 17th Avenue) and the St. Bernadette  gymnasium.   In order to upkeep these facilities, we  have to run fund raisers throughout the year.  The funds we raise allow us to perform the necessary work on our fields and gymnasium to keep them safe for our kids to play in or on. As many of you have noticed,  we have spent an enormous amount of funds this past Spring on our home field at Bay Eighth Street.  The investment  included new clay infield,  new container,  and professionally cut infield.  During the winter, we replaced the padding on the stage in the St. Bernadette gym and also purchased a brand new score board. Our banner program pays for the majority of these capital costs.  However we also need to cover costs such as:

 Seeds \Fertilizer for fields at 17th avenue and Bay Eighth 1A    

Porta  Potties rentals  (Baseball and Football)

Maintenance of three tractors 

Tools – shovels, rakes, brooms, drags, etc.   

Garbage pails \bags Locks\keys for the containers

St. Finbars donation for winter baseball training

Field marker for the lines in baseball a and football   

Hoses \sprinklers\drains\supplies

Conditioner for baseball field 

Repairs in gym to padding, scoreboards, floor etc.

 

How can we pay for all this ?

We need to host a fund raiser.   

This year,  we are going to ask you to play some golf with us and dine \dance with us that same evening at the Rex Manor . 

If I can play golf, everyone can play golf.    

 

This year, We are pleased to announce that the  Dyker Heights Athletic Association will be partnering with the Home School Association, to host our second annual golf benefit on Friday September 13, 2013 at the Dyker Beach Golf Course, located on 86th Street and 7th Avenue in Brooklyn.   Our Golf Benefit will begin at 11:30am with registration and a delicious lunch followed by a great day of golf, contests, and prizes.   The benefit will conclude with a special dinner and dance party at the Rex Manor,  complete with a full course meal, open bar, dancing, and chances to win more raffle prizes.   Enclosed is a brochure illustrating all of the details for this fundraiser.  Please note, whether you are interested in a day of golf/dinner or just the dinner, please complete the Registration Form.  If you are interested in funding a particular sponsorship listed, then please complete the Sponsorship Form and we would be happy to accommodate your request. 

 All forms and payments are due no later than Friday August 23, 2013, and must be sent to DHAA–Golf Benefit, c/o St. Bernadette Rectory 8201 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11228

       

 All Checks must be made payable to the DHAA and payments are non-refundable.  Dinner reservations will be accommodated on a “first come, first serve” basis.

 

If you do not want to golf, I am sure that you know someone that may want to golf and help us out.   Please let them know that they can download the form off our website at www.knightsaa.org under Events.  Also maybe you can ask your employer to sponsor our event.  There are several different types of sponsorships (at various dollar levels).   I kindly ask that everyone try their best to help us out.  The work benefits all our kids in every single sport.   

Have a wonderful and safe summer and we hope to see you at this exciting event.

Sincerely

Peter J. McCarthy

President – DHAA

REGISTRATION FORM FOR GOLF OUTING 2013

June 1st 2013  DHAA ST. BERNADETTE KNIGHTS HOST 1ST CURING KIDS CANCER MARATHON HELPED RAISE OVER

$ 47,000.00 FOR THE OLIVIA BOCCUZZI FOUNDATION

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association and St. Bernadette parish hosted the seventh annual children’s runners’ two mile marathon on Saturday June 1st. The event raised over $ 47,000.00.  Over  500 kids ran in our Curing Kids Cancer I Marathon.   The kids were asked to obtain pledges to run and the funds raised benefited the Olivia Boccuzzi Foundation.    Father Joe gave the opening prayer and Christine Brunetti sang the National Anthem.  Assemblyman Peter Abbate, Councilman Vincent Gentile, Senator Marty Golden were all present to show our kids how important this event was and how wonderful a cause they served. Each gave brief speeches thanking the children for their wonderful community service.    They praised our 500 runners for the sacrifice that they were making to help others in need.

Joe Girgenti (our former President) also gave a very touching speech about how the Knights organization constantly promotes community service for our sports association.  Joe Girgenti went on to define what a community is and how it relates to this event.  He explained that the St. Bernadette School, St. Bernadette church, our community children, the Olivia Boccuzzi foundation and the Knights all came together in a common location for a common cause with a common theme.   Joe read a quote by Mother Teresa that said,  “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”      Frank Boccuzzi then spoke about their beautiful daughter Olivia and why they started the foundation.  The foundation is named after Olivia Marie, the daughter of Enza and Frank Boccuzzi and younger sister of James.  Olivia was nearly three when she lost her eleven-month battle with a PNET brainstem tumor, a form of childhood cancer. Pediatric cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the US. Cancer claims the lives of more children each year than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis and diabetes combined (Source: National Cancer Institute). Despite this, these other diseases are given more research dollars annually than pediatric cancer gets.   This lack of funding translates into ineffective treatment options for children resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths per year, 7 deaths per day. The Olivia Boccuzzi Foundation believes that this is unacceptable. Children deserve better odds and better outcomes.   Inspired by Olivia’s strength, courage and love, the Olivia Boccuzzi Foundation is dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer.     The mission of the Olivia Boccuzzi Foundation is to provide funds to medical or scientific personnel and/or institutions that are actively researching cures for:   Pediatric brain tumors through medical trials and scientific research,   Support viable research projects and trials in an effort to find a cure for brain tumors,  Committed to providing education and raising public awareness about pediatric cancers.  

 

The race was from 82nd street and 13th avenue down 12th avenue to 71th street and back to 82nd street. The kids ran according to the grades. Winners of the 7th grade and above were Richard Napolitano , Marc Chirico, Frank Fogliano and Nicholas Fanelli. Winners of the 5th and 6th grade group were Matthew Sciarrone, Joseph Baglivo, Daniel Vittiburga, Marissa Sparacio and special award for James Capetanakis who completed the race with crutches. Winners of the 3rd and 4th grade group were Joseph Rowdis Nicholas Cona, Paul Fasciano and Anthony D’urso.    Winners of the K - 2nd grade group were Sal Sparacio, Marco Sanducci and Laura Rutigliano.  There were many raffles for sports memorabilia donated by many of the New York sports teams for the event. HSBC on 13th Avenue donated 300 bottles of water. Party Pets and JPZ Entertainment were on hand to entertain the kids. Glitzy Chicks led by Lisa Cannata also donated the proceeds she raised during the post marathon festivities.  The Knights organization wants to thank all those who helped with this wonderful event. We would of course like to thank Monsignor Caserta for always supporting\promoting our marathons and always making sure that the Parish supports all the Knights programs. We would like to thank Sister Joan DiRienzo for all her support and assistance with helping us reach 500 kids participating plus helping us raise more funds by hosting free dress down for St. Bernadette kids that raised over $ 80.00 for the marathon.

We want to give special thanks to our Marathon committee consisting of: Enza Boccuzzi,  Frank Boccuzzi, Daniela Iacobucci,  Barbara Cona,  Paulina Deangelis,  Natasha Napolitano,  Lisa Maher,  Gina Ruggiero,   Angela Castiglione,   Denise Berardelli,  Elaine Safran,  Vin Chirico,  John Longardo,   Mark Spelman,  Danny Demonte and   Peter McCarthy for their hard work and dedication to our marathon this year.   We want to thank Investor Bank for sponsoring the marathon by proving all the T-shirts and our celebrity signer, Stephen Baker and by making sure that the event went off successfully.  We want to thank Stephen Baker for attending the event and signing autographs.  We would like to thank Ralph Danna for being the DJ for our event and for getting Home Depot involved in our event and for getting the donations from Home Depot.  Home depot donated over $ 1,000.00 for the wood shop classes and each kid was able to build their own bird house.  We would like to thank Pepsi for the donation of all the Pepsi and Diet Pepsi for the event.  Poland Springs donated 18 cases of water for our event.   Louis and Daniela Iacobucci donated an ipad, 20 cases of water, . We would like to thank Ben Bay Realty for their donation of $ 500.00 raffle money. We would like to thank Mr. Bonomolo for his donation of 300 apples for our event.  We would like to thank Denise and Gennaro Berardelli for their donation of many boxes of fruit to give out to the kids and many other donations for the food court.  We would like to thank Peter Catanzaro for getting Frito Lay to donate 100’s of cookies, Chips, and other snacks for our children.

We would like to thank Thrifty Beverages for donating over 30 cases of soda and water.   We would like to thank Romeo Meats for donating over 800 hamburgers.  We would like to thank Food Dynasty for donating 200 hamburgers.    We would like to thank Theresa’s place for supplying all the breakfast foods and coffee.  We would like to thank La Bella Marketplace for donating 100 hamburgers.    We would like to thank the Aulisa family for donating two sets of Yankee tickets worth over $ 800.00.  We would like to thank UTZ for their donation of 800 bags of chips.  We would like to thank Carvel Ice Cream for donating over 600 ice creams.   We would thank Stephen Fascianella for his donation of ireader.    

 The Longardo family for their donation of Yankee tickets , Demonte family for their donation of Hockey basket.   We would like to thank Sarta Realty for their participation. Sarta handed out popcorn to all the children and donated over $ 520.00 to the marathon.  I would like to thank the Bay Ridge Dojo (Prof Mike Junsch and Prof Nic Alonso) for cancelling their normal Saturday class to join us. They came and setup mats and equipment to entertain our children and educate them on the advantages of learning self defense.   We would like to thank Carrie Pittman for getting News 12 as our media sponsor and for their coverage of our event and the reporting of the event that night on the news.   We would like to thank Dana Ioviero for being our nurse on call. We would like to thank Chris Lamonica for all his wonderful pictures from the entire event. We would like to thank Joe Girgenti for his wonderful speech and all his introductions. We would like to thank Vin Chirico, Bob Tarallo, Richard Napolitano, John Longardo,  and the many others that helped run the basketball free throw competition. We would like to thank Kevin Hunter for making sure that the street closing permit was filed on time for us.

Finally, we would like to thank the Knights Board and the following Members specifically:

Mike Baglivo, Kevin Hunter, Santo Galbo, Bob Tarallo, Lisa Maher, Angela Castiglione, Joe Castiglione, Vin Chirico, Joe Amatore, Dan Fogliano, Steve Hutra, Fred Cona, Chris Lamonica, Richard Napolitano, John Longardo, Danny Demonte, Mark Spelman and Mike Repole that met that morning to setup the school yard for the event and for cooking all day long and for all their help running all the activities for the entire day. A Special thanks to our friend Dom Angilletta for  allowing us to use his very large grill.

The Knights organization wants to thank all our following sponsors that donated to this wonderful event.

 

Alfred Polizzotto

American Museum of Natural History

Andrea Ciccone

Andrew Torregrossa & Sons

American Museum of Natural History

Arch Bishop John Hughes Council

Barone Steel Fabricators

Bay Ridge Dojo

Ben-Bay Realty

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Caesar’s Wines and Liquors

Caruso, Caruso & Branda

Chelsea Court Meat Market

Chopstix

Chelsea Piers

Christmas Tree Shops

Clem Snacks, Inc.

Comic Strip Live

Crest Office Products

Dangerfield’s

Da Tommaso Restaurant

Delicious Desserts

Dominick Congiusta

Gino’s Restaurant

Grimaldi & Yeung

H&R Block

Harbor Fitness

Home Depot

HSBC Bank

IRL Systems

Island Heights Pediatrics

Joe Leopoldi Hardware Store

John Trillo

Kings Infiniti

Kraft & Kennedy, Inc.

L& B Gardens

Lioni’s

Mac Electrical

Mamado, Inc.

M. Miranda and Assoc, Inc.

Moretti & Racco

New Dimension

New Jersey Devils

New York Giants

New York Jets

NY Hall of Science

P.S. 204 Parents Association

Rex Manor

Rippe and Kingston

RJB Office Plus

RSG Caulking & Waterproofing

Sarta Realty

Scala Contracting

Scarpaci Funeral Home

St Athanasius Rosary Society

Torregrossa Funeral Home

Turn 2 Foundation

Upper Deck Silk Screening

U-T-Z Potato Chips

Dr. Veronica Santilli

Vesuvio

Wildlife Conservation

 

A very Special thanks to  Nancy Scarpaci, Tracy Melio, Lisa Mangano, Teresa McCarthy Dana Ioviero and  RoseAnne LaMonica for all their help during the marathon.

If I left anybody out I am so sorry and I also thank you so much for your help

Pete

PETER J. MCCARTHY | PRESIDENT

DYKER HEIGHTS ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

c/o St. Bernadette Rectory 8201-13th Avenue Brooklyn, New York, N.Y. 11228

 

October 27th, 2012 - DHAA ST. BERNADETTE KNIGHTS HOST 9TH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association/St. Bernadette Knights held its 9th  annual Halloween party fundraiser Saturday, Oct 27th at St. Finbar's gymnasium.   The event which was full costume was attended by some 265 people.  The party featured superb music by DJ Ralph Danna, and incredible magician performance by Zoltar and fun and games hosted by Louie the clown.  There was more hot food and delicious ghostly desert treats than one could eat.   The party was an incredible success with great music, arts and crafts for the kids, many different games, dancing all night and many terrific costumes.  Superheroes were very popular with the kids this year. Captain America, Batman, Superman  all showed off their superpowers by chasing each other around and pretending to battle each other.  Prizes and trophies were given for the best costumes.   Many, Many thanks to Aunt Butchies "Tasty Chicken" and Villabate Pastry for their tiredless support of our endeavors to raise money for the program.  Also, we thank DHAA Halloween committee led by Danny Mangano for organizing the entire event for the DHAA. 

October 3rd 2012  - DYKER HEIGHTS ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION RECEIVES BTF GRANT OF $ 5,000.00

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund, Mets, SNY and Citi to host a field maintenance clinic at Citi Field

BTF to Award Two $5,000 Grants to Local Organizations, Expanding SNY’s “Play Ball” Initiative

FLUSHING, N.Y., August 9, 2012 – The New York Mets today announced the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), Mets, SNY and Citi will host a field maintenance clinic at Citi Field this Saturday, August 11 for Tri-State area youth baseball and softball organizations. The clinic is a part of the BTF/MLB Field Maintenance Education Program. 

The two-hour clinic, beginning at 10:00 a.m., will be led by Mets Director of Field Operations & Landscaping, Bill Deacon, and will feature discussion on infield maintenance, mound and home plate management, game day preparation and turf management. Grant recipients from SNY’s “Play Ball, presented by Citi” initiative and BTF grant recipients will attend.

For the second consecutive year, SNY has supported area youth baseball and softball leagues through the “Play Ball” initiative designed to assist Tri-State area youth baseball and softball players, ages 6-12, by providing grant funds for equipment, uniforms, field maintenance, renovations and operating expenses to four organizations during the New York Mets regular season.

In conjunction with the clinic, BTF and SNY selected two additional organizations to receive
BTF grants in the amount of $5,000 for the purchase of field maintenance supplies and equipment:  Dyker Heights Athletic Association and Elmjack Community Little League.

“The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is excited to team up with the New York Mets, SNY and Citi for this excellent opportunity to share field maintenance techniques with local youth organizations,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “We hope that this clinic, along with the grants awarded, will support the sustainability of safe and playable youth baseball and softball facilities in the area.”

“The opportunity to expand the SNY Play Ball program and host a field maintenance clinic is an exciting proposition for all of us,” said Steve Raab, President of SNY. “It’s an honor to partner with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, Citi and the New York Mets on this community initiative and we’re grateful for the support they provided to help make SNY Play Ball even bigger in 2012.”

About the Baseball Tomorrow Fund

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses. Since its formation by MLB and the MLBPA in 1999, BTF has awarded over 600 grants totaling more than $22 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia.  Approximately 300,000 youth players have benefited from programs and facilities supported by the fund. BTF also facilitates league-wide initiatives including the collection and distribution of new and gently used equipment to organizations in need as well as field maintenance education clinics.  For more information, visit

 

September 7th

The St. Bernadette School and DHAA Knights Golf Outing fund raiser is a huge success with over 75 golfers and 145 people attending the dinner at Gargiulo's.  

August 5th - Brooklyn Ccylones day for the Knights Organization

The Brooklyn Cyclones inducted Nick “Buff” Maglio into Brooklyn Sandlot Hall of Fame on Sunday August 5th 2012.   This honor is awarded in recognition of those that have served the children of New York City and the Greater Metropolitan area while promoting an attitude of professionalism and fair play.  Those immortalized in the sandlot Baseball Hall of fame have dedicated their lives to the youth of our community and helped pave the way for their success both on the ball field and in life.    The honorees are chosen based on their leadership, support, guidance, and dedication to not only the sport of baseball but to the children whose lives they helped shape.   

Nick Maglio passed away last year at the age of 66.   Nick Maglio was so active in Southwest Brooklyn sports that he signed all his letters, "Serving youth through sports."  Nick Maglio’s life’s work was to “serve youth through sports,” and Nick did just that for almost his entire life, when he first began coaching youth sports as a teenager over 50 years ago.    

He coached former Met John Franco and former Yankee John Candelaria, revived the Brooklyn Kiwanis Sports League.  "He had in his heart the best interest of the children he advocated for," said Council member Vincent Gentile.  Nick Maglio also worked to bring back wooden bats instead of aluminum bats his Brooklyn baseball league.  Nick was instrumental in working with Councilman Gentile in bringing lights to the Bay Eighth complex so that there can be more baseball played at Bay Eighth street and in Brooklyn.  It was Nick’s idea as well to create a small field 1A in the back of field 1 to host more games for children 12 and under.  In fact, this summer, Kiwanis League is now hosting  leagues for 12 and under with over 18 teams.  

Present at the induction ceremony was Nick’s wife Carmen and his cousin John Dengelo and the many members of the Kiwanis Board including, President, Rick Demarco and Vice President Joe Girgenti. The DHAA Knights honored their friend Nick Maglio with more than 275 Knights players, parents and friends attending this special event.      

March 13th 2012  STRIKE OUT BREAST CANCER III KIDS MARATHON ON SATURDAY JUNE 9TH 2012

The DHAA\ST. Bernadette Organization is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization which primarily focuses on the organization of sports programs for our community.  Our civic purpose is to foster community service amongst the youth in our area.  With our greatest efforts, we also try to focus our attention to strengthen and ultimately empower our children’s sense of civic engagement and nationalism as they progress through adolescence.  In order to promote this in our children, the Knights Organization continues to sponsor community events during each sports season to raise money\ goods for various causes.  From 2006-2011, through several different fund raising events (and your generosity), the Knights and our kids have successfully raised money to contribute to many wonderful causes in our community and a good portion of these funds were donated to our military heroes through the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund and Breast Cancer Research through the American Cancer Society .  

This year will be no different as we will strive to again raise money for other wonderful causes in 2012.  Our first big fundraiser will again be a runners’ marathon for children to be held on Saturday June 9th, on 12th Avenue, starting from 9:00 a.m. and ending at 11:30 a.m.  It will mark our sixth  annual kid’s marathon.  Our 2012 “Strike Out Breast Cancer marathon will be held to raise money for a disease that hits close to home and seems to affect every family in some way whether it affects a sister, a grand parent, an Aunt or friend it seems to be all around us.  

In 2012, The DHAA has teamed up with the American Cancer Society and will be sponsored by NEWS 12.  We decided that the marathon kid’s funds will be donated to a Breast Cancer Research   Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer). Breast cancer incidence in women in the United States is 1 in 8 (about 13%).   In 2012, an estimated 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,300 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.  Cancer research has led to real progress in the prevention, detection, and treatment of breast cancer. Continuing research offers hope that in the future even more women with breast cancer will be treated successfully.  Sadly, 39,920 breast cancer deaths are expected in 2012.

Doctors all over the country are conducting many types of clinical trials (research studies in which people volunteer to take part). Clinical trials are designed to find out whether new approaches are safe and effective.   Doctors are trying to find better ways to care for women with breast cancer. They are studying many types of treatment and their combinations.  In the past few years, innovations in breast cancer treatment have added new options for breast cancer patients. genetic advances have both helped with preventive treatment and with better targeting tumors in existing cases, and other drug treatments show promise in helping slow the advance of cancer cells.

We will team up with the American Cancer Society and try to raise as much money as we could with this kid’s marathon. All our kids will wear different color T-Shirts and wrist bands honoring all our sisters, moms, grandmothers, aunts, cousins, other relatives, friends, neighbors that have fought breast cancer and have survived and those that fought the valiant fight but did not survive.  I am sure that this each of us has someone that is close to them that was affected by this terrible disease.     

The race will consist of boys and girls, ages 5 through 16, who wish to give something back to the community in which they live, as well as to honor all women affected by this terrible disease.  Each child will obtain sponsorships of for the run.  All the runners will start on 82nd Street and 13th Avenue – go to 66th Street and 12th Avenue and then back again.   Participants may also walk instead of running. 

 

Aviator Sports day - April 15, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Come join the Knights for a day of sports.

Ice Skating, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Gymnastics (12:00 to 2:00 p.m)

Outdoor fields are available as well

All Knights kids welcome - free lunch as well

October 28th 2011 - The Knights sponsor their first Golf Outing that raises over $ 6,000.00

DHAA/Knights  St.Bernadette hosted it's first annual Golf Outing to raise money for the Bay Eighth Field 1A (Nick Maglio field)  44 golfers that braved the cold weather met at the Dyker beach Club to participate in the fund raiser.  Our golfers had the opportunity to win a Mercedes thanks to Sovereign Motor Car's donation.  They had a opportunity to win $ 50,000.00 thanks to Jet Blue.  There were many prizes that were given out for this event.    Dinner was held afterwards at the Club and the food was spectacular.   There were 26 businesses that sponsored a hole for this event and HSBC Bank was the event host with 1,500.00 sponsorship.  Anthony Cutrona and his wife Antonietta sponsored a Silver Greenhole sponsorship for $ 750.00 . Sovereign Motor Cars of Brooklyn donated a Mercedes for the lucky golfer that hit a hole in one.  The event raised over $ 6,000.00 and was a huge success. 

We would like to thank our sponsors

ADMIRALTY LEAGUE\FREEHILL

AFEDERAL

BAY RIDGE FORD

BAY RIDGE HONDA

BEN BAY – GIRGENTI

BRIDGE PHARMACY

CONTINUING CARE SOLUTIONS, INC.

CREST OFFICE PRODUCTS

DELICIOUS DESSERTS

FAAD FOODS

FAIR  FISH

HSBC BANK

KII,INC.

L&B GARDENS

LEOPOLDI HARDWARE

LEXUS

MAMADO

ROLLING TRADE

SCARPACI FUNERAL HOME, INC.

SILVERMAN SCLAR SHIN & BYRNE

SIRICO’S

TRACE

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We would like to thank our friend
sponsors

FOUR SEASONS REALTY

JOAN AND ANTHONY BENCIVENGA

MIRAGLIA FUNERAL

RALPH DANNA

WONDERLAND SPORTS

MARK LJUBICH

OCTOBER  21ST 2011

On a dark, eerie and frightful night all monsters, zombies, werewolves and scary creatures gathered together to have a really fun and happy time.  The Dyker Heights Athletic Association/St. Bernadette Knights held its 8th annual Halloween party fundraiser Friday, Oct 21st at St. Finbar's gymnasium.   The event which was full costume was attended by some 255 people.  The party featured superb music by DJ Ralph Danna, and incredible magician performance by Zoltar and fun and games hosted by Louie the clown.  There was more hot food and delicious ghostly desert treats than one could eat.   The party was an incredible success with great music, arts and crafts for the kids, many different games, dancing all night and many terrific costumes.  Superheroes were very popular with the kids this year. Captain America, Green Lantern, Wolverine and Wonder Woman all showed off their superpowers by chasing each other around and pretending to battle each other.

Prizes and trophies were given for the best costumes. The Tedesco Family won for having the best homemade scary Lego costumes, Carmela Barone won in the teen category for an original Fortune Teller in a Booth costume and the 1st place kid costume was awarded to the adorable Sophia Borthwick, who was the cutest Little Bo Peep ever seen. The adults had a great time showing off their costumes. There were Cowboys, Pirates, Ghouls and Angry Birds all dancing into the night.

Many, Many thanks to "Tasty Chicken", L&B Pizza, Aunt Butchie's and Villabate Pastry for their tiredless support of our endeavors to raise money for the program.  Also, we thank DHAA Halloween committee led by Danny Mangano for organizing the entire event for the DHAA. 

 

JUNE 11TH 2011 STRIKE OUT BREAST CANCER II  -  KIDS MARATHON RAISES $ 19,000.00

JANUARY 15TH 2011 - DHAA HOST OUR BASKETBALL AWARDS BREAKFAST AT ST. BERNADETTE CAFETERIA AT 9:30 A.M. 

NOVEMBER 20TH 2010 - DHAA HOST OUR JUNIOR VARSITY AND VARSITY SOCCER DINNER AT ST. BERNADETTE CAFETERIA

NOVEMBER 7TH 2010 - DHAA HOST OUR LADY KNIGHTS SOFTBALL DINNER 

SIRICO'S CATERING HALL SUNDAY NOVEMBER  7TH AT 1:00 P.M. UNTIL 4:00 P.M. 

TO CELEBRATE OUR TWO CHAMPIONSHIPS AND THE PRESENTATION OF THE KAREN BARONE DIRECTOR'S AWARD

 

OCTOBER 23RD 2010

Oct 23rd  2010 - Halloween Party 2010

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association/St. Bernadette held its 7th annual Halloween party fundraiser Saturday, Oct 23rd at St. Finbar's.  The event which was full costume was attended by some 275 people.  The party featured superb music by DJ Ralph Danna, and incredible magician performance and more hot food and delicious ghostly desert treats than one could eat.   The party was an incredible success with great music, arts and crafts for the kids, many different games, dancing all night and many terrific costumes.  There were prizes for the best male and female and best dressed family.    Many, Many thanks to "Not Just Chicken", L&B Pizza, Villabate Pastry, Aunt Butchie's for their tiredless support of our endeavors to raise money for the program.  Also, we thank DHAA Halloween committee led by Danny Mangano for organizing the entire event for the DHAA.     

JUNE 5TH   2010  - STRIKE OUT BREAST CANCER – KIDS MARATHON JUNE 5TH 2010

The DHAA\ST. Bernadette Organization is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization which primarily focuses on the organization of sports programs for our community.  Our civic purpose is to foster community service amongst the youth in our area.  With our greatest efforts, we also try to focus our attention to strengthen and ultimately empower our children’s sense of civic engagement and nationalism as they progress through adolescence.  In order to promote this in our children, the Knights Organization continues to sponsor community events during each sports season to raise money\ goods for various causes.    From 2006-2009, through several different fund raising events (and your generosity), the Knights and our kids have successfully raised money to contribute to many wonderful causes in our community and a good portion of these funds were donated to our military heroes through the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund.  

Our first big fundraiser will again be a runners’ marathon for children to be held on Saturday June 5th, on 12th Avenue, starting from 9:00 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m.  It will mark our fourth annual kid’s marathon.  Our 2010 “Strike Out Cancer marathon will be held to raise money for a disease that hits close to home and seems to affect every family in some way whether it affects a sister, a grand parent, an Aunt or friend it seems to be all around us.  

In 2010, The DHAA has teamed up with the American Cancer Society and will be sponsored by NEWS 12.  We decided that the marathon kid’s funds will be donated to a Breast Cancer Research.  Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer). Breast cancer incidence in women in the United States is 1 in 8 (about 13%).   In 2009, an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,280 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.  Cancer research has led to real progress in the prevention, detection, and treatment of breast cancer. Continuing research offers hope that in the future even more women with breast cancer will be treated successfully.   Doctors all over the country are conducting many types of clinical trials (research studies in which people volunteer to take part). Clinical trials are designed to find out whether new approaches are safe and effective.   Doctors are trying to find better ways to care for women with breast cancer.They are studying many types of treatment and their combinations. 

We will try to raise as much money as we could with this kid’s marathon. All our kids will wear different color T-Shirts and wrist bands honoring all our sisters, moms, grandmothers, aunts, cousins, other relatives, friends, neighbors that have fought breast cancer and have survived and those that fought the valiant fight but did not survive.  I am sure that this each of us has someone that is close to them that was affected by this terrible disease.    The race will consist of boys and girls, ages 5 through 16, who wish to give something back to the community in which they live, as well as to honor all women affected by this terrible disease.  Each child will obtain sponsorships of for the run.  All the runners will start on 82nd Street and 13th Avenue – go to 66th Street and 12th Avenue and then back again.   Participants may also walk instead of running.   If you are interested in participating, please register online at www.knightsaa.org.

Oct 24th  2009 - Halloween Party 2009

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association/St. Bernadette held its 6th annual Halloween party fundraiser Saturday, Oct 24th at St. Finbar's.  The event which was full costume was attended by some 300 people.  The party featured superb music by DJ Ralph Danna, and incredible magician performance and more hot food and delicious ghostly desert treats than one could eat.   The party was an incredible success with great music, arts and crafts for the kids, many different games, dancing all night and many terrific costumes.  There were prizes for the best male and female and best dressed family.    Many, Many thanks to "Not Just Chicken", L&B Pizza, Villabate Pastry, Aunt Butchie's for their tiredless support of our endeavors to raise money for the program.  Also, we thank Danny and Laura Mangano for organizing the entire event for the DHAA.     

September 11th 2009

The Knights held their second annual adult only  disco celebration at Club Suite this past weekend.  The Knights would like to extend a special thanks to Danny and Laura Mangano for putting together this wonderful celebration and fun evening for all 110 people in attendance.  The Knights would like to thank all those that have served our children as a member of the Knights organization throughout the years.   There was plenty of hot food, great music by the house DJ and everybody was in a great, dancing mode. 

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE III CHILDREN'S MARATHON DRAWS 240 KIDS

May 16th 2009

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association and St. Bernadette parish hosted the third annual  children’s runners’ two mile marathon on Saturday May 16th, on 12th Avenue.    The event raised $ 15,000.00 There were over 240 kids that ran in our Freedom is Not Free III marathon that was held in honor of our fallen heroes of this war on terror.  Each runner wore a t-shirt and wrist band to honor and commemorate the fallen heroes.   The kids were asked to obtain pledges to run and the funds raised were to benefit the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund and the Dyker Heights Athletic Association fund raising activities.   The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund was founded in October 2003 as a means of providing College Grants and Financial Assistance to surviving children and spouses of our U.S. military service members who have lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.   Monsignor Caserta, Senator Marty Golden, Councilman Vincent Gentile & Tony Ntellas of the Wounded Warriors Project were all present to show our kids how important this event was and how wonderful a cause it truly was.   Each gave brief speeches about the struggles that our great nation has endured during our history to secure our freedom and the continuing struggle that is going on today to protect what we take for granted day in and day out.   JOs Girgenti (our former President) also gave a very touching speech about respecting our soldiers and how much their families are impacted when they are off fighting for our freedom.  

There were several soldiers present on Saturday to run with the kids.      Also present was Colonel Roy Campbell from Xavier High School with several of his ROTC cadets.     Colonel Campbell’s Xavier High School raised $ 1,700.00 for the event for the Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund.   Christine Brunetti did a spectacular job singing the National Anthem.  The race was from 82nd street and 13th avenue down 12th avenue to 66th street and back to 82nd street.  The kids ran according to the grades.  Winners of the 8th, 9th and 10th grade group were  Julian Morelli (12:30), John Kelly (12:34) and Danielle Cowan (14:29)  Winners of the 6th and 7th grade group were Cameron Kakuk (14:33) Michael Galbo (14:46) and Manny Giurato (15:27).  Winners of the 4th and 5th Grade group were Alex Konyk (16:11)  Peter Pisciotta (17:21) and Matthew Mangano (18:01).  Winners of the 2nd and 3rd grade group were Bianca Cannata  (18:08) Michael Caso (19:14) Gianna Mastrapasqua (19:14) Daniel Vittiburga ( 20:00) and Michael Cordi (20:01)  Winners of the K and 1st grade were Joseph Baglivo (14:38)  Nicholas Cona (14:53) and Gabriel Caso (14:54).   News 12 was present as the event media consultant and interviewed some of the children as to what this day meant to them.  Sandy the Seagull was there from the Brooklyn Cyclones. 

There were many raffles for sports memorabilia donated by many of the New York sports teams for the event.   Home Depot donated two barbecues and did wood shop lessons with all the kids.  Party Pets and Ardvark Entertainment were on hand to entertain the kids.   

News 12 was present as the event media consultant and interviewed some of the children as to what this day meant to them.  Glitzy Chicks led by Lisa Cannata also donated the proceeds she raised during the post marathon festivities.  

 The Knights organization wants to thank all those who helped with this wonderful event.  We like to thank Monsignor Caserta.  We would like to thank Sister Joan DiRienzo for all her support and assistance with helping us reach  240 + kids participating plus helping us raise more funds by hosting free dress down for St.  Bernadette kids that raised over $ 100.00    

We would like to thank Lisa Maher and Angela Castiglione for helping us with the entire event.  They spent countless hours making sure this event went off perfectly. From fundraising to raffles – they helped us with everything.   We cannot thank them enough. 

We would like to thank Ralph Danna for being the DJ for our event and for getting Home Depot involved in our event and for getting the donations from Home Depot.  Home Depot sponsored the wood work training and also donated two barbecues plus other items to make the event more successful.

We would like to thank Ben Bay Realty for the donation of all the Coke and Diet Coke for the event for the raffle of the Wii game and the PSP game that raised over $ 225.00 and their donation of another $ 250.00

We would like to thank Sarta Realty for their participation.  Sarta sold popcorn and donated all the proceeds to the marathon.  That plus their personal donation added another $ 500.00 for the marathon.

We would like to thank Tony Ntellas of the Wounded Warriors Project for participating in our marathon and increasing our awareness of veterans that need our love and support.  Wounded Warriors project also donated Yankee tickets to all the first place marathon winners.  I would also thank Pat Giura for getting Tony to join us. 

I would like to thank the Bay Ridge Dojo (Prof Mike Junsch and Prof Nic Alonso) for cancelling their normal Saturday class to join us.  They came and setup mats and equipment to entertain our children and educate them on the advantages of learning self defense.  Bay Ridge Dojo also donated over $ 400.00 worth of free training plus they made another donation to the Childrens Fund on their own. 

We would like to thank Valerie Casella for getting News 12 to be our media sponsor, For getting donations from Best Buy, donations from Carvel and all her committee work.  For spending the entire event selling pictures and other items to help raise more money for the event. 

Donna Brennan for helping us get Glitzy Chicks, Colonel Campbell, the Xavier cadets and for getting the Xavier students involved with our event and all the hot dog and hamburger buns and all her committee work.

We would like to thank Danny and Laura Mangano for their donations of all the giveaways that the kids went home with that day.  For the donations of food, candy, paper goods etc.  For their donations of several baskets of toys and games for the raffles.  I want to thank Laura for her committee work being my line judge the day of the event. 

We would like to thank Vicki Galvano for all the incredible baskets she prepared and donated besides all the help they gave us with the raffles and on the committee.

We would like to thank Joe Amatore for getting us a donation of Pepsi and Diet Pepsi, Joe and Dina for their donation of a bike to raffle and his committee work

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association would like to thank Colonel Campbell and Xavier High School for their involvement in our DHAA St. Bernadette FREEDOM IS NOT FREE III marathon fund raiser.  We will also like to thank Colonel Campbell for the hosting the dress down day at Xavier High School that raised $ 1,700.00 over and above the funds we raised for the Children’s Fund. 

We would like to thank Carrie Pittman for getting News 12 as our media sponsor and for their coverage of our event and the reporting of the event that night on the news. 

I would like to thank all committee members.    We would like to thank Kerry Angilletta for her committee work and and Dom Angilletta for lending us the barbecue and to Dom for being the “cook” for the entire day.    We would like to thank Lisa Cannata for entertaining the kids with Glitzy Chicks and her donation of her staff’s time and all her supplies.   We would like to thank April Scanio for her organization of the nurse stations, all her supplies and her committee work.  We would like to thank Seema Pisciotta for manning one of the workstations as well.   We would like to thank Marian Messina for her distributing of flyers on 12th avenue and her hanging of Street Closing signs and her committee work.  We would like to thank Lisa Mangano for selling tickets for the Glitzy Chicks that day as well.  We would like to thank Stephanie Politano for selling raffles for us the entire day.  We would like to thank Joe Girgenti for his wonderful speech and all his introductions.  We would like to thank Danny Mangano and Jerry Campanella for their work on the 50/50 raffle. 

Finally, we would like to thank the following Knights Board Members 

Cliff Keeling, Tom Mangano, Mike Baglivo, Jim Wilson, Jim Pisciotta, Jerry Campanella, Joe Donohue, Santo Galbo, Dan Mangano, Bob Tarallo, Lisa Maher, Angela Castiglione, Joe Castiglione, Vin Chirico, Bob Gentile, Graceann Soave, Ralph Danna, Joe Amatore, and Chris Lamonica that met that morning to setup the school yard for the event and for cooking all day long and for all their help running all the activities for the entire day. 

The Knights organization wants to thank all our following sponsors that donated to this wonderful event. 

 

13th Avenue Florist

86th Street Meat Market   

Andrea Ciccone

Aviator Sports & Recreation

Bachman Foods Inc

Bay Ridge Dojo

Bay Ridge Toyota

Bayside Fuel Oil Depot Corporation

Bella Luna

Ben-Bay Realty

Blue Diamond Fuel Oil Co.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Brooklyn Cyclones

Caesar’s Wines and Liquors

Carvel Ice Cream on 86th Street

Casa Calmari

Century 21

Chelsea Court Meat Market

Chelsea Piers

Classic Tile

Clem Snacks, Inc.

Costco

Crest Office Products

Da Tommaso Restaurant

Dennis McCarthy

Edible Arrangements

Faicco’s

FPL Foods, Inc – C-Town

Gargiulos Restaurant

Home Depot

Island Heights Pediatrics

Jimmy’s Place

Joe Leopoldi Hardware Store

Kraft & Kennedy, Inc.

L& B Gardens

Lioni’s

Marty Golden

Medieval Times

New Dimension

New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Nets

New York  Giants

New York  Jets

New York Liberty

New York Yankees

NY Hall of Science

Pastosa

Patricia Laudano Realty

Pepsi

Puritan Restaurant

Ralph Aievoli & Sons

Red Bulls

Rippe and Kingston

Rocco’s Café

Romantique Limousines

Rosa Pizzeria

Sarta Realty

Scarpaci Funeral

Silverman Sclar Shin & Byrne PLLC

Sirico’s

St. Bernadette Home School Association

Staten Island Yankees

Tasty Bagels

The Ljubich family

Torregrossa Funeral Home

U.S. Coffee

Upper Deck Silk Screening

U-T-Z Potato Chips

Vegas Diner

Oct 25th  2008 - Halloween Party 2008

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association/St. Bernadette held its 5th annual Halloween party fundraiser Saturday, Oct 25th at St. Finbar's.  The event which was full costume was attended by some 300 people.  The party featured superb music by DJ Ralph Danna, and incredible magician performance by King Henry and more hot food and delicious ghostly desert treats than one could eat.   The party was an incredible success with great music, dancing all night and many terrific costumes.  There were prizes for the best male and female and best dressed family.   This year's proceeds will benefit Bridge to Youth program that serves the social, physical, and cultural needs of Children and families with developmental disabilities from all five boroughs of New York City.   Bridge to Youth offers activities for children with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, and other special needs.  Basketball, music therapy, visual arts, social skills training, tennis, and bowling are offered weekly throughout the scholl year.  Many, Many thanks to "Not Just Chicken", L&B Pizza, Villabate Pastry, Aunt Butchie's for their tiredless support of our endeavors to raise money for the program.  Also, we thank Danny and Laura Mangano for organizing the entire event for the DHAA.     

September 12th 2008  - Knights celebrate 10th anniversary 1998-2008

The Knights held their 10th anniversary celebration at Club Suite this past weekend.  The Knights would like to extend a special thanks to Danny and Laura Mangano for putting together this wonderful celebration and fun evening for all 100 people in attendance.  The Knights would like to thank all those that have served our children as a member of the Knights organization throughout the years.   There was plenty of hot food, great music by the house DJ and everybody was in a great, dancing mode.  There were speeches by Father Joseph Gancila, Peter McCarthy (current President) and Joe Girgenti (former President).  There was a special presentation to Pete McCarthy from the Board members presented by Onofrio Rocco.  Senator Marty Golden, Monsignor Romano and Monsignor Caserta joined us to help celebrate this wonderful milestone.      

Brief History

The Knights was started in Dec 1997 by Joe Terrone, Joe Girgenti, Tom Fascianella, Nick Maglio, Chris Olivero and John Deangelo.   Why did these men start their own association when there were so many athletic associations out there ?  There were no leagues playing in Dyker Beach Park that came from our neighborhood.  Leagues from Bergen Beach and adult leagues were using the Dyker Beach Parks and our kids had no place to play.   As Girgenti was quoted in the Brooklyn paper “ We decided to take a stand and develop something in our own neighborhood that welcomed all kids no matter what level their ability.  The end goal was to return Dyker Beach Park back to the neighborhood kids and teach them how to enjoy sports.   

Most important to our founders was the principal for which the Knights was founded – All Kids Play.  Our founding fathers were always concerned for each child that wanted to play regardless of the skill level and they wanted those children to always have a place they can feel comfortable playing and have fun.  Youth sports (ages 5-12) is about teaching sports to children. Children can not learn if they cannot play.  They can not feel a part of the team or have a chance to learn from their mistakes if they are always watching from the bench, or from right field.

So armed with 60 or so kids for Baseball in 1998 – handing out uniforms from the back of Girgenti’s van,  the Knights were born.  In 1998 four age groups of kids participated in Knights baseball and the organization took off.  In 1999 – the Knights added Girls Softball, Bowling and Flag Football to the sports menu and in 2001 Indoor Soccer was added.   When I came to the Knights back in 2000-2001 season, I found that the entire organization was being run by Joe Terrone, Joe Girgenti and Tom Fascianella .  Tom was Vice President and Joe Terrone was Treasurer.  Cliff Keeling and Pete Leopoldi were members at the time and did enormous amounts of work for the organization.  

From 2001 on the Knights were in all four sports seasons with kids participating in  Baseball, Flag Football, Girls Softball , Basketball and Indoor Soccer.   In 2001 and 2002 – the Knights Board grew by 10 people and since that time  the DHAA was growing stronger each year.   Currently there are 22 Board members with over 60 coaches.    In 2003-2004 – The Knights merged with St. Bernadette and also became the sports program for St. Francis Cabrini, St. Finbars and St. Dominics.   That same year – The Knights took responsibility for the 17th avenue field and had the field renamed the Victor Allegretti Field.   Today we now have over 600 children involved with the Dyker Heights Athletic Association that participate in five separate sports programs throughout the year.  Our kids come from many different schools throughout the community.

   

May 17th 2008 

DHAA ST. BERNADETTE

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE II CHILDREN'S MARATHON DRAWS 290 KIDS

 The Dyker Heights Athletic Association and St. Bernadette parish hosted the second annual  children’s runners’ two mile marathon this past  Saturday May 17th, on 12th Avenue.    There were over 290 kids that ran in our Freedom is Not Free II marathon that was held in honor of our fallen heroes of this war on terror.  Each runner wore a t-shirt and wrist band to honor and commemorate the fallen heroes.   The kids were asked to obtain pledges to run and the funds raised were to benefit the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund and the Duker Heights Athletic Association fund raising activities.   The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund was founded in October 2003 as a means of providing College Grants and Financial Assistance to surviving children and spouses of our U.S. military service members who have lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.   Monsignor Romano, Senator Marty Golden, Councilman Vincent Gentile & Brooklyn Boro President, Marty Markowitz were all present to show our kids how important this event was and how wonderful a cause it truly was.   Each gave brief speeches about the struggles that our great nation has endured during our history to secure our freedom and the continuing struggle that is going on today to protect what we take for granted day in and day out.   Marty Markowitz also stressed the importance of exercise in our daily life and Councilman Gentile expressed his joy about what a wonderful community event this was and how it makes the Dyker Heights community so special.  There were several soldiers present on Saturday to run with the kids.   1st Sgt Gormley, Sgt Brito and Staff Sgt Earle joined the kids in their run.    Also present was Colonel Roy Campbell from Xavier High School with several of his ROTC cadets.     Colonel Campbell’s Xavier High School raised $ 2,000.00 for the event for the Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund.   Christine Brunetti did a spectacular job singing the National Anthem.  The race was from 82nd street and 13th avenue down 12th avenue to 66th street and back to 82nd street.  The kids ran according to the grades.  Winners of the 8th, 9th and 10th grade group were Jonathan Pineiro (12:10), Julian Morelli (12:58) and Alex Raffa (12:59) Winners of the 6th and 7th grade group were Anthony Deluca (13:52) Manny Giurato (14:31) and Monica Mangano (16:35)  Winners of the 4th and 5th Grade group were Cameron Kakuk (15:25) Michael Galbo (15:26) and Lenny Genovese and Richard Napolitano tied (16:47).    Winners of the 2nd and 3rd grade group were Matthew Mangano (15:09) Daniel Torres (16:38) and Nicole Sparacio (17:06).  Winners of the K and 1st grade were Michael Cordi (8:52) Nicholas Angilletta (9:12) and Nicholas Cona (9:27) News 12 was present as the event media consultant and interviewed some of the children as to what this day meant to them.  Sandy the Seagull was there from the Brooklyn Cyclones.  There were many raffles for sports memorabilia donated by many of the New York sports teams for the event.   Home Depot donated two barbecues and did wood shop lessons with all the kids.  Party Pets and King Henry were on hand to entertain the kids.    This was truly a great day for the kids. 

 Oct 27th 2007 - Halloween Party 2007

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association/St. Bernadette held its 4th annual Halloween party fundraiser Saturday, Oct 27th at St. Finbar's.  The event which was full costume was attended by some 285 people.  The party featured superb music by DJ Ralph Danna, and incredible magician performance by King Henry and more hot food and delicious ghostly desert treats than one could eat.   The party was an incredible success with great music, dancing all night and many terrific costumes.  There were prizes for the best male and female and best dressed family.   This event is held every year to help support the Association with its extra capital expenses associated with maintaining the Victor Allegretti field at 17th avenue and Shore Parkway , maintaining the St. Bernadette gymnasium and other facilities plus the purchasing training equipment for each sport.  The Association has grown over the years and now serves over 550 of our community kids in Baseball, Softball, Flag Football, Basketball and Indoor Soccer.   Many, Many thanks to "Not Just Chicken", L&B Pizza, Villabate Pastry, Aunt Butchie's for their tiredless support of our endeavors to raise money for the program.  Also, we thank Danny and Laura Mangano for organizing the entire event for the DHAA.     

October 6 2007

 

Some of the Knights children marched in the 18th avenue COLUMBUS DAY PARADE  in Brooklyn on Oct 6th 2007.   We would like to thank Danny Mangano who organized the event for the Knights and Cliff Keeling and Jerry Campanella for his help organizing and marching with the kids.  Thank you to all our kids that marched on a very warm day I might add. 

MAY 12th  2007

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association and St. Bernadette parish hosted a children’s runners’ two mile marathon this past  Saturday May 12th, on 12th Avenue.   

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association and St. Bernadette parish hosted a children’s runners’ two mile marathon this past  Saturday May 12th, on 12th Avenue.    There were over 240 kids that ran in our Freedom is Not Free marathon that was held in honor of our fallen heroes of this war on terror.  Each runner wore a t-shirt and wrist band to honor and commemorate the fallen heroes.   The kids were asked to obtain pledges to run and the funds raised were to benefit the St. Bernadette church and the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund   
 

The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund was founded in October 2003 as a means of providing College Grants and Financial Assistance to surviving children and spouses of our U.S. military service members who have lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.   Monsignor Romano, Senator Marty Golden, Councilman Vincent Gentile & Brooklyn Boro President, Marty Markowitz were all present to show our kids how important this event was and how wonderful a cause it truly was.   Each gave brief speeches about the struggles that our great nation has endured during our history to secure our freedom and the continuing struggle that is going on today to protect what we take for granted day in and day out.   Marty Markowitz presented the Knights with a Proclamation declaring May 12th Dyker Heights Athletic Association “Freedom is Not Free” Children’s Marathon Day in Brooklyn commending all the young runners who had come here today in service of others.  

There were several soldiers present on Saturday to run with the kids.   1st Sgt Mannion, Captain Sullivan and Staff Sgt Devito.  joined the kids from the from the 773nd TC.   Captain Rivera, Sgt Dominquez and Specialist Rodriguez joined us from Fort Hamilton army base.  Each chose a group of kids to run with.   Also present was Colonel Roy Campbell from Xavier High School with several of his ROTC cadets.     The Xavier cadets along with Arielle Tramontano led the kids in singing the National Anthem. 

The race was from 82nd street and 13th avenue down 12th avenue to 66th street and back to 82nd street.  The kids ran according to the grades.  Winners of the 8th, 9th and 10 grade group were Julian Morelli, Anthony Congiusta and Dominick Congiusta.  Winners of the 6th and 7th grade group were Steven Lowe, Joseph Watson and Frank Bellia.  Winners of the 4th and 5th Grade group were Jonathan Rando, Manny Giurato and Ralphael Ventra.  Winners of the 2nd and 3rd grade group were Tyler Hunter, Matthew Mangano and Nicole Sparacio and the winners of the K and 1st grade were Bianca Cannata, Raymond Donohue, Gianna Mastrapasqua, John Prestipino, Nicholas Angilletta and Daniel Vittiburga. 

News 12 was present as the event media consultant and interviewed some of the children as to what this day meant to them.  WKTU radio thanks to Vito Bruno sent down a crew to host a post marathon party to raise additional money for the Children’s fund.  Glitzy Chicks led by Lisa Cannata also joined WKTU for the post marathon festivities.   There were many raffles for sports memorabilia donated by many of the New York sports teams for the event.   This was truly a great day for the kids. 

December 17 2006 - Knights run Toys for Tots drive and raise over 120 gifts

 

 

 

The Knights ran there own toys for tots program this 2006 Christmas season and gathered over 120 toys for the program.  The Knights wish to thank all the families that donated to the drive.  

 

October 7 2006

 

 

Some of the Knights children marched in the 18th avenue COLUMBUS DAY PARADE  in Brooklyn on Oct 7th 2006.   We would like to thank Danny Mangano who organized the event for the Knights and Cliff Keeling for his help organizing and marching with the kids.

 

September 30 2006

 

The Knights players and families marched in the RAGAMUFFIN PARADE this past Saturday Sept 30th 2006.   The Ragamuffin Parade is an annual tradition in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn where kids dress in Halloween costumes and march down third Avenue.  Danny Mangano and Cliff Keeling were on hand to help the kids carry the Knights banner down third avenue.   Some of the Knights that were present were Monica Mangano, Sabrina Mangano, Cliff Keeling, Deanna Keeling, Bianca Pisciotta, Stephanie Poulos, Kristina Angilletta, Matthew Mangano, Kimberly Nicolucci, Alexa Colontino, Rose Maxwell, Alexandra Colletti, Gillian Colletti, Chris Lamonica, and Alexa Poulos.  

OCTOBER 29TH 2005

 

 

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association/St. Bernadette held its 3rd annual Halloween party fundraiser Saturday, Oct 29th at the Regina Youth Center.  The event which was full costume was attended by some 250 people.  The party featured a DJ, and incredible six room haunted house and more hot food and delicious ghostly desert treats than one could eat.   The party was an incredible success with great music, dancing all night and many terrific costumes.  There were many great prizes for the best costumes in each age group (boys and girls) and for the best family costume.  This event is held every year to help support the Association with its extra capital expenses associated with maintaining the Victor Allegretti field at 17th avenue and Shore Parkway , maintaining the St. Bernadette gymnasium and other facilities plus the purchasing training equipment for each sport.  The Association has grown over the years and now serves over 550 of our community kids in Baseball, Softball, Flag Football, Basketball and Indoor Soccer.  

The Knights wish to thank all of the volunteers who helped make this event a hugh success but especially our Halloween  committee.  The Dyker Heights Athletic Association would also like to thanks the following contributors for their generous donations and support:

Panda Sport & Golf  9217-5th avenue, Pier Luca Hair Salon 7620-13th avenue, B&R Floral Decorators 7413-13th avenue, Pollina Pharmacy, 7601-13th avenue, Modern Touch Hair Salon 1272-Bay Ridge Parkway, Dyker Heights Floral Co. 7819-17th avenue, Party Fair 8609-20th avenue, Gino’s Restaurant 7414-5th avenue, Food Dynasty 1525-86th Street, Precious Nail Salon 7311-13th avenue, Body Fit 275-94th Street, La Sorrentina Restaurant 6522-11th avenue, Puritan Restaurant 1454-86th Street, Glitzy Chicks.com (Spa & Make-over parties), Delacqua Salon & Spa 2027-86th Street, Bruno’s Salon & Spa  6911-Shore Road, Trzaska Funeral Home 7614-4th avenue, B&A Pork Store 7818-13th avenue, Bobby’s World Entertainment 8424-13th avenue and AM PM Entertainment Vito Bruno  

OCTOBER 30, 2004

The Dyker Heights Athletic Association (The Knights) held its 2nd annual Halloween Party fund raiser this Saturday at the Regina Pacis Youth Center.  The event which was full costume was attended by some 300 people.  The party featured a DJ, and incredible five room haunted house and more hot food and delicious ghostly desert treats than one could eat.  This event is held now to help support the Association with its extra capital expenses associated with maintaining the Victor Allegretti field at 17th avenue and Shore Parkway , maintaining the St. Bernadette gymnasium and purchasing training equipment for each sport.  The Association has grown over the years and now serves over 500 of our community kids in Baseball, Softball, Flag Football, Basketball and Indoor Soccer.  

 The party was an incredible success with great music, dancing all night and many terrific costumes.  There were many great prizes for the best costumes in each age group (boys and girls) and for the best family costume.  The Knights wish to thank all of the volunteers who helped make this event a hugh success but especially our Halloween  committee:  Onofrio Rocco, Donna Brennan, Nancy Demartino Sandi Nardi, Lisa Cannata, Laura Mangano, Era Giurato, Vicky Papeo, Lisa Taldone, Cathleen Giordano, Peggy Bracco, Kerri Angilletta, Marylou Mari, Michael Mainolfi, Mike Baglivo, April Scanio, Jackie Fallon, Carmela Deluca, Meg Scala, Greg Rando, Tom Mangano and Danny Mangano.   The Knights also wish to thank all the stores and people who donated to this great fundraiser. 

OCTOBER 28, 2004

 

Today we celebrated the dedication of the Victor V. Allegretti field in Bath Beach Park.   This ballfield located on Bay 16th Street and Shore Parkway, is named in honor of Victor V. Allegretti (1931-2003), a dedicated member of the Bensonhurst community. Allegretti worked to transform his father's modest oil company into the Bayside Fuel Oil Corporation and the Bayside Fuel Oil Depot, one of the largest independent fuel oil companies on the East Coast.  In addition to administering Bayside Oil with his brother Alfred, Allegretti found time to give back to his community. He was deeply involved with several organizations, including the American Legion, where he served as Kings County Commander, the Kiwanis Club, where he served as President, and Community Board 11, where he was the Chairman of the Nominating and Budget Committees.  Victor V. Allegretti is survived by his wife, Sally, his children, Sergio, Bartolo, Santina and Madeline, and nine grandchildren.
 
We are proud to name this ballfield after such a respected and dedicated member of the community.
 

 

November 1, 2003

On Saturday November 1, 2003 the Dyker Heights A.A. / St. Bernadette held a Halloween party in St. Bernadette gym. The Halloween full costume event proved to be a lot of fun for all the parents and children that attended.  The kids and parents were treated to an incredible haunted house (set up in the car port in the school yard) that was done so wonderfully thanks to the help of the Knights fundraising committee and all of the volunteers.   There were so many wonderful and creative costumes ranging from ghosts, cowboys, movie characters, Roman soldiers, comic book characters, cheerleaders, football players,  and knights. The children played games and danced the night away. . The Knights held best costume contests for the children in each age group. The Knights also gave out prizes for best family and best adult costumes. Mona Lisa Bakery donated a Halloween cake for 200 people and Villabate Bakery donated several trays of cookies. Councilmen Vincent Gentile came by to visit the Knights party and he donated cookies and cake.

The Knights would like to give sincere thanks to all the people in the committee that worked so hard to make this party a hugh success.  Our organization could not thank you enough.  The Knights would like to thank the Nicholas Rando, Santo Orecchio and Ron Guzman from Xaverian High School. The Knights also would like to thank Amanda Terrone, Donna Russo, Kerry McCabe, Tara Vafiadou, Danielle Murphy and Jane Bassolino from Fontbonne Hall Academy. And a big thank you to a Fontbonne Hall Academy graduate Natalie Fascianella who always come back to help the Knights.


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