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Old-fashioned values kept alive in the modern world: Brooklyn scouting

Annual fundraiser brings together boosters and financial support

June 14, 2024 Wayne Daren Schneiderman
From left: Harry D’Onofrio, honorees Robert and Steven Fadel, proprietors of The Salty Dog, and Travis Smith. Brooklyn Eagle photos by Arthur De Gaeta
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BAY RIDGE — The 31st annual Bay Ridge Breakfast for Scouting brought in more than 125 guests Tuesday morning and raised approximately $20,000 in support of the scouting program in Brooklyn.  

Held at the Bay Ridge Manor, the fundraiser honored several community members who exemplify the scouting spirit. 

They included Principal of Home Abstract Corporation Mark D’Addona, proprietors of The Salty Dog Robert and Steven Fadel, Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick’s Church Father Michael Falce and pastor at St. Patrick’s Church Father Brian Dowd.

Former State Sen. Marty Golden and guests.
Former State Sen. Marty Golden and guests.

Upon accepting his award, D’Addona referred to scouting asmore than just knots and campfires.”

It’s about personal growth, leadership development and community service,he said.It also helps you learn to navigate life’s challenges with resilience and integrity.”

From left: honoree Rev. Brian Dowd; Harry D’Onofrio, assistant scoutmaster of Troop 13, finance chair for the Lenape Bay District, Greater New York Council and member of the Bay Ridge Breakfast for Scouting Committee and honoree Father Michael Francis Falce.
From left: honoree Rev. Brian Dowd, Harry D’Onofrio, assistant scoutmaster of Troop 13, finance chair for the Lenape Bay District, Greater New York Council and member of the Bay Ridge Breakfast for Scouting Committee and honoree Father Michael Francis Falce.

Also in attendance at the gala were former State Sen. Marty Golden, members of the Salaam Club, Merchants Of Third Avenue president Dan Texeira and Bay Ridge Breakfast for Scouting Committee members Harry D’Onofrio and Brian Chin. 

D’Onofrio, assistant scoutmaster for Troop 13 and finance chair for the Lenape Bay District of the Greater New York Council, told the Brooklyn Eagle that scouting is a wonderful organization to get children out and excited about the outdoors.

Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez, CEO of Greater New York Councils Boy Scouts of America.
Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez, CEO of Greater New York Councils Boy Scouts of America.

“The Greater New York Council runs summer camps,D’Onofrio said.Today’s breakfast is about raising money to send kids who may not have had the opportunity to go to camp because of funds. We always believe that no scout should be left behind, and this will bridge the gap for those families that need a little assistance. This all started over 30 years ago by two men — Basil Capetanakis and Jim Clark — and we hope to continue building on their momentum.”

It’s all about helping the community and giving back,Brian Chin, assistant vice president at Citizens Bank, said.The Boy Scouts of America is such an amazing organization, and we have so many local community organizations here supporting us.” 

2024 honorees with citations presented to them by Laurie Windsor, Brooklyn director, Nicole Malliotakis (right) and Harry D’Onofrio.
2024 honorees with citations presented to them by Laurie Windsor, Brooklyn director, Nicole Malliotakis (right) and Harry D’Onofrio.

Former State Sen. Marty Golden described scouting as the beginning of young adulthood.

“It brings you into manhood and sends these kids in the right direction in this great world,he said.They go into our military, our police department, into business, and hopefully end up good, solid, well-groomed individuals with good families and a good track record. Scouting is undoubtedly the name of the game.”

Members of Troop 13, one of the oldest troops in Brooklyn, were also in attendance at Tuesday’s breakfast.
Members of Troop 13, one of the oldest troops in Brooklyn, were also in attendance at Tuesday’s breakfast.

Diocesan Scouting Director Brian Long, who has been in scouting for some 60 years, pointed out that scouting is needed more now than ever.

“Right now, God and country are under attack,Long said.The Boy Scouts represent both God and country. We must keep this program going.”

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. 

From left: Michael Connors, Fran Vella-Marrone, chair of Kings County Conservative Party and honoree Rev. Brian Dowd.
From left: Michael Connors, Fran Vella-Marrone, chair of Kings County Conservative Party and honoree Rev. Brian Dowd.

The Scout Oath is as follows:On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent,reads the Scout Law.

From left: Anne Texeira, Brian Chin, assistant vice president of Citizens Bank and member of the Bay Ridge Breakfast for Scouting Committee, Walter Ochoa, owner of Right at Home and Dan Texeira, president of Merchants Of Third Avenue.
From left: Anne Texeira, Brian Chin, assistant vice president of Citizens Bank and member of the Bay Ridge Breakfast for Scouting Committee, Walter Ochoa, owner of Right at Home and Dan Texeira, president of Merchants Of Third Avenue.


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