By Phil Orenstein President of the Queens Village Republican Club
A patriotic medley was performed by Naomi Sica on the piano as guests entered the grand ballroom of the renowned Antun’s of Queens Village, a magnificent catering hall in Eastern Queens, where nearly every New York Governor, New York City Mayor, and President of the United States have been in attendance since the 1950s.
The 148th Anniversary Lincoln Dinner was a spectacular patriotic gala with over 250 patriotic Americans who traveled from the corners of the tri-state region and even some came up from Florida. As they entered the hall, folks joined in the singing of God Bless America and patriotic songs and stood for the Star-Spangled Banner led by Pastor Dana Dice. Father Paul Palesty of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church delivered an uplifting invocation to open the dinner program which was emceed by Barbara from Harlem.
Some of the highlights of this exceptional dinner party were the stirring and emotional Lincoln Address delivered by Marly Hornik, Executive Director of NY Citizens Audit, and the rousing speech by Kristina Raevsky, recipient of the Young American Patriot of the Year award. Kristina is a 13-year-old author of two books and multiple op-eds on saving America and restoring meritocracy in our education system. She was applauded later in the program by keynote speaker, Steve Cortes as a brave patriot who has what it takes to become the first female president of the U.S.A.
The 148th Anniversary Lincoln Dinner, on March 19, 2023 at Antun’s of Queens Village, was a spectacular patriotic gala with a roster of outstanding speakers and honorees. Here are the videos of the speeches from start to finish.
Welcome by Barbara from Harlem
Welcome to the 148th Anniversary Lincoln Dinner hosted by the Queens Village Republican Club on March 19th 2023 at Antun’s of Queens Village. Barbara from Harlem, Mistress of Ceremonies is also known as the “Godmother of Black Conservatives.”
By Tricia Lindsay, Esq. The People’s Advocate 148th Anniversary Lincoln Dinner recipient of the Medical Freedom award
I have always been a champion for justice and a voice for those who are often overlooked and ignored in our society. Ever since I can remember, I have always taken a stand against injustice in any form, no matter how slight, and have spoken up for the marginalized members of our society. This is evident in my life’s work as I have consistently worked in a position of service and advocacy, seeking to effectuate positive change in the lives of others, be it through my former career as an educator in the New York City and Yonkers school districts, or as a community advocate through work in my church and within the community of Harlem, New York, or during my time as the Chairperson of the Scribe’s Institute serving the children and families in Hartford, Connecticut and the surrounding communities. Service to others is how I believe one should live their lives and if you have been blessed with God given attributes which naturally lend themselves to this life work, then it is your duty, and my duty, to do just that, serve others. It is my obligation to do that which I have not only been called, but also chosen to do.
By: Bobbie Anne Flower Cox, Esq. Lincoln Dinner American Patriot of the Year Honoree
Imagine a land where the government has the shocking power to lock you up simply because the unelected bureaucrats in the Health Department think that you might, possibly have a communicable disease. They don’t have to prove you are sick or that you might pose a threat to others. They just need to think that, maybe, you were possibly exposed to a disease. And when I say “lock you up,” I mean lock you in your home, or force you from your home into a facility, detention center, camp (pick your noun) that they get to choose, and you must stay there for however long they want. No time limit; so it could be for days, weeks, months, years….
The Queens Village Republican Club meets the first Thursday of the month. Place TBD
Coffee, soda, and cookies are served at 7:30 PM. The meeting begins at 8:00 PM. There are no general club meetings in July and August.