2013-01-09 / Features

Ferreras, Crowley, Local Pols Celebrate Three Kings Day


(L. to r.); Councilmember Latitia James, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, Assemblymember Michael Den Dekker, Congressmember Joseph Crowley, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubry, Councilmember Julissa Ferreras and state Senator Jose Peralta together with the Three Kings and other celebrants. (L. to r.); Councilmember Latitia James, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, Assemblymember Michael Den Dekker, Congressmember Joseph Crowley, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubry, Councilmember Julissa Ferreras and state Senator Jose Peralta together with the Three Kings and other celebrants. In keeping with their commitment to the community, Councilmember Julissa Ferreras and Congressmember Joseph Crowley, along with New York state Senator Jose Peralta and Assemblymembers Jeff Aubry and Michael Den Dekker, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilmember Latitia James, and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer celebrated a festive, intergenerational Three Kings Day event January 5, at Florence E. Smith Senior Center. Ferreras and Crowley hosted the event to honor the Latin American tradition of Three Kings Day, a celebration held in most Spanish-speaking countries where children are given toys for the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6 every year.

“Our annual celebration brings together multiple generations to carry on the tradition of Three Kings Day and it is an opportunity to teach children about our history and traditions,” stated Ferreras. “I was so pleased to partner with Congressman Crowley this year to bring this lively celebration to our community.”

“Three Kings Day is time to celebrate generosity and hope, and I’m proud to join Councilmember Ferreras in holding this event for the community,” said Crowley. “I thank everyone who joined us in celebrating this religious tradition, as well as our community’s rich cultural heritage.”

This year 1,500 vouchers were given out through local schools, churches and local nonprofit organizations to share in the wonderful tradition of Three Kings Day. Attendees were treated to entertainment by Super Star Dance School, local singer Kimberly Rivera, Antioch Combined Choir, the Raices Senior Theater Group and Musical Rainbow, which played traditional and non-traditional songs heard in households celebrating Three Kings Day. Attendees also enjoyed refreshments from local bakeries and toy giveaways throughout the event. Toys were also given to local organizations which will then donate them to children affected by Super Storm Sandy.

The event was free to the public.

Ferreras and Congressmember Crowley would like to thank the following supporters for helping make this event possible: Church of Resurrection, Queens Spy Shop, SD Printing & Design Inc., Vision Latina, state Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblymembers Jeffrion Aubry, Michael Den Dekker, Florence E. Smith Senior Center, Healthfirst, Burger King, King Kebab, Hispanic Federation, USTA, Corona Congregational, Pastor Young and First Baptist Church, Local 338, Leo’s Latticini / Mama’s, Monica Yepez Fashion Designs, Dominicana Car Dispatch, Joe Bellacicco, and all of the volunteers.

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