The Queens chapter of the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation held its annual dinner dance on Friday, April 6 at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach.
The organization honored Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-Jackson Heights) as its Man of the Year, and Steven Cimino and Paul Blasucci as the humanitarians of the year.
Elizabeth Delaney, 27, the daughter of Angela DenDekker and step-daughter of the assemblyman, passed away earlier this year. The assemblyman and his wife asked for donations to be made to the Queens chapter of the CAF in her honor.
Hundreds of people attended the event, which raises money for research on Cooley’s anemia, an inherited blood disease.
The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation was founded in 1954 by Frank Ficarra, whose two sons were afflicted by the disease.
Howard Beach resident John Mancino started the Queens chapter in 1994 and has been doing fundraising since 1991.