"Leaders span several generations in Woodside and Sunnyside and we must recognize them," said Vincent Renda, chairman of the Club. "We will be honoring four women who have been great role models for our youth, and our task is to pass the torch from them to create the next generation of heroes and leaders."
The leaders the club will honor are:
Gert McDonald - McDonald, 95, went to school in Sunnyside and was the first woman in Queens County to run for elective office as a Democrat.
While she lost the 1968 race, she opened the door for other women to run and, ultimately win.
Frances Schmidt - Schmidt is a Sunnyside/Woodside Lions Club member, and belongs to the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and the Sunnyside Artist Organization.
She is also a member of the Republican Party in District 37 and is an active member of Queen of Angles Church, where she is a Eucharistic Minister.
Sister Maureen Ahlemeyer - Sister Ahlemeyer taught local children at St. Raphael's School since September 1977. She was appointed school principal in 1987 and served in that role ever since. She also started the school's children choir.
Carol Masiello - Masiello worked as a substance abuse counselor in I.S. 125 in Woodside since 1977. She is president of the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club, where she established the first community-based Key Club, which provides local high school students with the ability to fulfill their community service hours for school.
She is also a member of the Sunnyside Boys and Girls Club.
The event will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. in the St. Raphael's School gym at 48-25 37th Street in Long Island City. Admission is $60 for one, $100 for two and includes food from Dazies in Sunnyside. Call 917-670-5666 for more information.