2012-06-20 / Features

UCCA Holds Annual Summer BBQ Fundraiser


(L. to r.); Al and Maureen Santora, parents of fallen FDNY member Christopher Santora, Chief of Staff for Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. Johnathan Chung, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., state Senator Michael Gianaris, candidate for City Council Tony Meloni and Ed Babor representing Congressmember Carolyn Maloney line up for a hearty helping at the annual UCCA BBQ. 
Photos Jason D. Antos (L. to r.); Al and Maureen Santora, parents of fallen FDNY member Christopher Santora, Chief of Staff for Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. Johnathan Chung, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., state Senator Michael Gianaris, candidate for City Council Tony Meloni and Ed Babor representing Congressmember Carolyn Maloney line up for a hearty helping at the annual UCCA BBQ. Photos Jason D. Antos The United Community Civic Association (UCCA) held its annual BBQ fundraiser and reception on June 14 at Central Lounge in Astoria. More than one hundred persons attended, including members from Mount Sinai Queens and SHAREing and CAREing.

“This is one of our biggest and most intimate and friendly community fundraisers,” UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo said. “We thank all of our loyal friends who have helped us through all of our community endeavors.”

Non-political, UCCA is responsible for holding many community discussion forums including an ongoing awareness campaign on the dangers of hydrofracking, public health and the betterment of the Western Queens community at large. UCCA also holds a Halloween party, a 9/11 candlelight memorial ceremony and a legislative breakfast.


(L. to r.); Candidate for City Council Costa Constantinides, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, City Comptroller John Liu, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and state Senator Jose Peralta having fun at the BBQ. (L. to r.); Candidate for City Council Costa Constantinides, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, City Comptroller John Liu, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and state Senator Jose Peralta having fun at the BBQ. –Jason D. Antos



Assemblymember Michael DenDekker, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, Mount Sinai Queens Chief Operating Officer Judy Trilivas RN and Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for Mount Sinai Queens Shelly Felder. Assemblymember Michael DenDekker, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, Mount Sinai Queens Chief Operating Officer Judy Trilivas RN and Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for Mount Sinai Queens Shelly Felder.

Pictured here are UCCA Chair Patrick J. DiMotta, UCCA Board of Directors member Jamie Dovico, candidate for City Council Costa Constantinides, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, District Leader Carolyn Scarano, Mary Demakos and (seated) UCCA Board of Directors members Sue and Donald Lizzul. Pictured here are UCCA Chair Patrick J. DiMotta, UCCA Board of Directors member Jamie Dovico, candidate for City Council Costa Constantinides, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, District Leader Carolyn Scarano, Mary Demakos and (seated) UCCA Board of Directors members Sue and Donald Lizzul.

A chef at Central Lounge serves up some hamburgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken. A chef at Central Lounge serves up some hamburgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken.

More than 100 people attended the annual fete at Central Lounge. More than 100 people attended the annual fete at Central Lounge.

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