by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

Calling small business owners the backbone of South Queens, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation honored the mom and pop shopkeepers, as well as area civic leaders, at its 33rd annual spring gala last Friday.
The GWDC held the affair, named the “Everlasting Spring” dinner dance, which included live music and a buffet, at Cordon Bleu Caterers on Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven.
The group named Robert Castelli, a Woodhaven podiatrist, Man of the Year, and Debra Hoffer, director of field operations at the Catholic Charities Senior Citizen Center, Woman of the Year.
Michael Brennan, of Mike’s Pub, was honored as the Business Owner of the Year, and Jaime Illescas, owner of the new Tropical Restaurant, was named the Businessman of the Year. A special recognition award was given to St. Luke’s Nursery School.

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