Volume 73, Number 53 | May 5 - 11, 2004

Chamber raises roof at the Kimmel Center

Villager photos by Elisabeth Robert

With a record turnout of over 300 people, the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce held its 8th Annual Gala Dinner Dance at New York University’s Kimmel Center last Thursday evening. Clockwise from above, Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, left, with honoree Norman Buchbinder, a principal of Buchbinder & Warren real estate company, and a founding member of both the 14th St.-Union Sq. and Village Alliance (Eighth St.) business improvement districts, who was named the Chamber’s Member of the Year; Christina Brown, deputy director of the Union Sq. Partnership, left, received an award for her work with the Chamber from the Chamber’s chairperson, Michael Haberman, as Bob Rinaolo, a Chamber boardmember, applauded; two former directors of the 14th St.-Union Sq. BID, David Gmach of Con Edison, left, and Rob Walsh, commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services; the interior of the Kimmel Center’s penthouse; Assemblymember Deborah Glick, right, presented David Kaplan, associate executive director, and John Pettinato, executive director of Greenwich Village Youth Council, with the Humanitarian of the Year award. G.V.Y.C. runs programs geared towards helping at-risk youth. In what has become an annual tradition, Rocio Sanz, a vice president of the Chamber, wowed the crowd with some dance routines.

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