Over 100 people were on hand for the Bronx Chamber of Commerce Irish Heritage Luncheon held at the F & J Pines. BCC President Mr. Lenny Caro introduced his newly elected Board of Directors and the officers of the BCC, and then the program began. Tenor Chris Macchio belted out the national anthem (and later Danny Boy). Father Richard Gorman Chairman of Community Board 12 then gave the invocation. after a few speeches the award presentation began.
Ms. Sandra Erickson (of Community Board # 7) presented the first honoree Ms. Virginia Gallagher her award. Former Councilwoman June Eisland presented Rear Admiral Wendi Carpenter with her award. BCC Chairman Joseph Kelleher presented the next three awards to Congressman Joseph Crowley, 80th A.D. State Committeeman Joseph McManus, and Mr. Larry Hickey Senior V.P. of Fresh Direct. NYC Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano presented Bronx Borough Commander Kevin Butler his award. BCC President Lenny Caro presented the last three awards to Kevin McCabe (News 12 anchor), Commissioner Robert Walsh (of the NYC SBA), and James E. McQuade (owner Schuyler Hill).
Traditional corned beef and cabbage was served for lunch with a few F & J Pines specialties added.
Left - Tenor Chris Macchio sings the national anthem.
Right - He belts out "Danny Boy".
Left - The Bronx Chamber of Commerce Eagle given to each honoree.
Right - The Fire Department was well represented as seen in this photo.
Right - The honorees as they sit with their BCC eagle awards in front of them.
The honorees (holding their awards) along with BCC President Lenny Caro pose for this photo.