Saturday, Sept. 24, will be a very busy day in Port Washington from morning until late at night during the 28th Pride in Port celebration. For the week leading up to and including the Pride in Port celebration, Main Street will be renamed “Sal Zimbardi Way.” Zimbardi, who passed away last year, devoted an extraordinary amount of time and energy to so many organizations and events, including Pride in Port.
The Annual Hall of Fame ceremony and breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. at Schreiber High School. Each year, Schreiber alumni who excelled in one or more sports are honored. This year’s inductees are Max Blank (class of 1966), James Dalimonte (1984), Nathaniel Francis (2000), Joseph Lynch (1976) and Pamela Monfort McDonough (1974).
The parade, which begins at 11:30 a.m., shows tremendous community pride through participation by nearly every Port school and many local organizations. The parade starts at Main Street near Belleview Avenue to Campus Drive. This year’s Grand Marshal is Fred Falconer of Falconer’s Florist.
As the parade ends on Campus Drive, Family Fun Day begins with various activities, including a homecoming football game, halftime inductee ceremony and more. At 7 p.m., the annual dinner dance kicks off at the Polish-American Hall. Members of the school district’s union, CSEA, are the dinner dance honorees. They are being recognized for their exceptional devotion to Pride in Port over the years. Dozens of local restaurants generously donate food for the cocktail hour and dinner. Entertainment features performances by two bands and there will be dozens of raffle prizes. Tickets can be purchased for $30 per person at the Chamber of Commerce building, 329 Main St.
The Pride in Port committee wishes to thank all of the sponsors for their generosity. Their donations help offset costs of the day’s events so more college scholarships can be awarded to graduating seniors at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Diamond Angel sponsor is The Peter & Jeri Dejana Family Foundation. Golden Angel sponsor is Precision Work. Angel sponsor is Pierce Coach Lines. Benefactor sponsors are Anton Community Newspapers, Blank Slate Media and Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. Patron sponsors are Craft Beer Cellar, Joseph D’Alonzo and Councilwoman Dina Del Giorgio, S.F. Falconer’s Florist, Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington Dental and Dr. Sultan Salem and Port Washington Fire Department. Friends are Campbell’s Carpets, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Gino’s of Port Washington, Dr. Sanford Katims, Lion’s Club of Port Washington, Polish-American Cultural Association, Roslyn Savings Bank, Order Sons of Italy in America John M. Marino No. 1389, Sylvan of Port Washington, Wright Music and Zimbardi Financial Group. Supporters are Ahyan’s Shish Kebab Restaurants and Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes. Contributors are Dr. William and Mayor Nora Haagenson, Joy Products, JTX Nails and N2 Design + Architecture.
Visit the Pride in Port Facebook page or call 516-883-6566 for more information.