On October 26, 2017, the Greater Hunts Point Chamber of Commerce presented its 30th Annual Tent Party. Held in, well yes, a TENT in the Hunts Point Meat Market parking lot. A lively crowd of 200 local business leaders, community representatives, public officials and other dignitaries enjoyed a festive afternoon of sumptuous food and drink. 

Many thanks to our all-star food and service team of Mr. Babbington & Friends Catering and John V. Lindsay Wildcat Charter School Culinary Program (fearless leader & Exec Chef William Peacock) for the mouth-water array of scallops, shrimp, steak, pork, fish cakes etc. etc. all prepared on the spot at over dozen cooking stations. The merengue/jazz stylings of Enriquillo Tejada y Los Clarinetes Magicos kept the crowd groovin'. GREAT JOB BY ALL!

We are grateful for the enthusiastic support of Congressman Joseph Crowley, and thank State Senator Jeffrey Klein, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, and Councilmember Rafael Salamanca who attended and presented remarks. Councilmember Salamanca presented City Council Citations to our award winners. 

We were thrilled that Senator Klein choose this occasion to present a $995,000 State of New York grant to the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center: $495,000 will fund renovations to the toll plaza at the Hunts Point Meat Market, including a new canopy, three new aluminum attendant booths and a new storage and security center; $500,00 will be used for upgrades to electric power systems at the Hunts Point Produce Market.

This year three awards were presented:

HUNTS POINT PRODUCE MARKET - the GOLD STANDARD Award for companies and organizations that that have achieved the status of a pillar of the local economy through sustained excellence. This year the Produce Market celebrates 50 years in Hunts Point. www.huntspointproducemkt.com

NICK MADnergy.comIO OF A1 FOOD DISTRIBUTORS - the BUSINESS CHAMPION Award for leaders who have shown distinction in both business and service to the community. www.a1fooddistributor.com

THE PORT MORRIS DISTILLERY - the BRONX HORIZON Award for a new and innovative enterprise that shows great promise for the future. www.portmorrisdistillery.com

A sincere thank you to all our attendees, sponsors and vendors with special recognition of our major sponsors  - Iroquois Pipeline, D’Arrigo Brothers, Urban Health Plan, Con Edison, Webster Bank, Ponce Bank, Nathel & Nathel,  Fierman Produce, Coca Cola, Signature Bank, Krasdale, Spring Bank, Gilbane Company, Myra Gordon and the Hunts Point Produce Market, Lenny Guerra and the New Fulton Fish Market and extra special thanks to Bruce Reingold and the Hunts Point Cooperative Market for being a great host as always.

We greatly appreciate the leadership of Greater Hunts Point EDC Chair Paloma Hernandez and Board members James Lanfranchi and Fernando Martinez who presented our awards. 

Thank you to Urban Health Plan's Finance, Facilities, Communications and External Affairs departments for handling so many critical details. 

Thanks to our raffle contributors: ENow Energy Company for Maple Power Solar Chargers and the Port Morris Distillery for two bottles of Pitorro. 

This event could not have been so successful without the many long hours, tons of creativity and great patience devoted by event director Ivy Fairchild and her tireless team - Pauline Cruz, Jamine Williams, Allie Mautone, Luis Marrero, Brandon Troppmann and Roxanne Zouzou. Kudos!

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Donald Eversley

Acting Executive Director