Queens Democratic Club Honors Community Leaders at Annual Dinner Dance


Powhatan and Pocahontas Regular Democratic Club

For Immediate Release
May 3, 2018
Contact: Shachar Sharon, powhatan01@gmail.com

Queens Democratic Club Honors Community Leaders at Annual Dinner Dance

Astoria, N.Y. - Over 100 members of the Powhatan and Pocahontas Regular Democratic Club gathered for their annual Dinner Dance on May 3rd, where they celebrated the club’s successes over the past year and honored six outstanding community leaders.

The honorees included:
Paula Avila Guillen, Esq., Director, Latin American Initiatives, Women’s Equality Center
Rose Christ, Former President, Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC
Lou Colletti, President and CEO, Building Trades Employers’ Association
Chris Giannakas, Owner, Ovelia
Pat Purcell, Executive Director, Greater New York LECET
Aly Waddy, Assistant to the Secretary/Treasurer, UFCW Local 1500

“We are honored to recognize the amazing achievements of all of these community leaders,” said the club’s president Dirk McCall.  “Their work representing reproductive rights, advocating for labor, and championing the LGBT community is exemplary. They are true role models for our neighborhood to follow.  We thank our honorees for their contribution to our community and all who joined us tonight.”

The Dinner Dance was also attended by local elected officials including Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Gianaris, Assemblymembers Aravella  Simotas, Brian Barnwell, and Ari Espinal, as well as Council Members Costa Constantinides, Karen Koslowitz, Justin Brannan, and Jimmy Van Bramer.

Powhatan members also celebrated the club’s achievements over the past year, such as the club’s series of issues-based Debate Nights where volunteers debated national topics including healthcare and universal basic income.  Members also continued to organize voter registration drives, canvassing events, and petition drives for Democrats on the city, state, and federal level. The club has helped elect Democrats to office, encourages Democratic political activism, and continues to provide a space for the community to engage with elected officials on a grassroots level.

Founded in 1901, the Powhatan and Pocahontas Regular Democratic Club represents the 36th Assembly District, Part A, in Astoria.  For more information, visit www.PowhatanDems.com.


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