The Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach will hold its 52nd Annual Dinner Dance this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Roma View. The group will honor three people with awards this year.
The first award will honor Edward Tudisco, the Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach’s immediate past president.
Tudisco, who grew up in Ozone Park, served as president from October 2012 through September 2013 and helped spearhead the organization’s response to Hurricane Sandy, which affected many of the club’s members, by creating the Kiwanis International Disaster Relief. The group, with the help of other Kiwanis clubs, organized fundraising and supply drives for victims of the storm as well as neighborhood houses of worship and schools recover from the storm.
Tudisco, who has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach since 1995, also took part in a 5K run for wounded warriors, and helped fundraise for organizations like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and focused on neighborhood beautification, including moving forward plans to build a memorial park on Cross Bay Boulevard near the Belt Parkway.
Queens County Clerk Audrey Pheffer, who represented Howard Beach in Albany for decades, will receive the Clement Vicari Service Award.
Pheffer, who lives in Rockaway, was a New York State assemblywoman from 1987 until 2011, when she was appointed county clerk. During most of her time in the New York Assembly, she represented Howard Beach.
This year, the Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach will also be giving a special Community Service Award to Frank Sciame.
Founder and executive director of the F. J. Sciame Construction Company, Sciame is a well-known and respected developer not only in New York, but across the country.
A graduate of Townsend Harris High School, Sciame has led his group as it worked on the Guggenheim Museum and Central Synagogue restorations; the Morgan Library and Museum; and the South Court addition to the New York Public Library. In 2012, Sciame was elected chairman of the New York Building Foundation.