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Date: July 29, 1997

Release #459-97

Contact: Colleen Roche/Nydia Negron (212) 788-2958


Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Annual Summer-time Picnics

Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani today proclaimed July 29th as Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council Day in New York City. This year's event celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Ridgewood Senior Citizens Council Picnic, annually held at Sunken Meadow State Park in Long Island. The Mayor presented the proclamation to Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who created and organized the first picnic in 1972 and to Christiana Fisher, Executive Director of the Council. This year, the traditional outdoor event was dedicated to the memory of Peter Orlando, a Board Member and active participant of the Ridgewood Senior Citizens Council for over 25 years.

"The picnics sponsored by the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council are symbolic of the important work that the Council does," Mayor Giuliani said. "They are an occasion to honor older New Yorkers -- the people who have supported all of us, who have shared unconditional love, kindness, patience and humor.

"Older New Yorkers are valued residents of our City who have contributed to its remarkable growth and achievement during this century and share their wisdom and experience with the next generations. For twenty five years these picnics have recognized the strong spirit that rings throughout the elderly community -- a spirit that is personified by the commitment of Peter Orlando."

Over the years, the Ridgewood Senior Citizens Picnic, sponsored by the Ridgewood Senior Citizens Council, has grown from a few hundred seniors and 15 volunteers to over 3500 older New Yorkers assisted by more than 200 volunteers. The senior citizens enjoyed delicious picnic luncheons and danced the day away to the rhythms of a live band. Important social and health services were also provided, including blood pressure screening, general health information and legal and entitlement information.

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