Grace Gammone – A True Booster

dan-graceLast Week – the NYIBC lost a wonderful member.  Grace Gammone – a long time fan of the Islanders passed away peacefully last week at the young age of 91.  She loved her family and she loved her Islanders.

During the first season of the team, the Gammones, husband Danny and wife Gracie, lost their son Danny Jr (Danny Boy) at the age of 18 from a battle of leukemia.  The parents decided to honor their son who played and loved the game of hockey so much, by starting to support the New York Islanders, and her love of the game started to blossom.

I met the Gammones in 1988, when I joined the club.  I met Gracie at a Booster Club meeting over at the old Wheatley Hills Tavern in Westbury.  As the conversations went by, I met Danny and Gracie, and within a few minutes after meeting her, you felt like you were one of the most important people around.  You became almost family.  She brightened up a room, with her smile and infectious love for the team.

That also came to light, when I attended the NHL Booster Club Conventions.  When I went to my first convention in Chicago in 1989, there were a few couples there, that not only wore matching outfits every day, but walked around with their kazoos and made their presence felt.  Some of the oldest members attending this event – were acting like the youngest ones.  That was Danny and Gracie.  Everyone loved them.  They exude such energy, happiness and most of all, love!  For years and years, they were the life of the party.

But to Gracie, it was the love of family that was always shown.  Her and Danny were married for over 70 years.  They had a daughter Karen, and have three grandchildren.  All of them have the same love of the Islanders as well.

In the last few years, Gracie did not get to go to as many games as I am sure that she would like.  But on the last regular season game at the Coliseum, the couple was there representing their love for each other, as well as the game and the team.

I know that I will miss her smile, her affection and the aura that she provided to so many people.  I know that Danny, Karen and her children will miss Gracie tremendously, but they should know that she is heaven watching over them, and will be one of the biggest Islander fans in the skies!

May God bless her, and take away the pain and suffering.  May their loved ones feel her presence every day.

Keep rooting for the Isles Gracie, we know you will!

Trips – let us know – so we can plan!!

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Folks,

We can not plan a trip in a week or two — this process starts now!

We need to work on negotiating tickets, obtaining a hotel, ordering a bus – getting the costs of all of these in order so that we can prepare a cost per person – without the club losing money.

** NOTE ** – it is NOT in the club’s interest to make profits on these trips.  To be quite honest, our goal is to break EVEN  – if at all possible.  That is why when we set up these trips, that if we get more than a certain number of people, we DROP the prices.  The more that come – the less it costs YOU.

So, therefore, a BREAK-EVEN setup.

For Ottawa, we can not get a hotel in downtown, due to the Grey Cup final of the Canadian Football League (their version of a Super Bowl).  It is going to be played in downtown Ottawa, so hotel rooms there are at a premium.  The hotel we stayed at the last time that we were there, required a four night stay.  We are staying only one – so you get the picture.

However, we found out there are hotel options closer to the arena.  Yes – we don’t get the downtown Ottawa stuff (Parliament – etc.), but downtown Kanata has improved greatly since the arena was opened.

So we should get info on this soon — once we do – we will let you know.

I am hoping that by the middle of July – we will have trip costs in order.  Please keep checking on the site to get the updates.  WE NEED TO KNOW YOUR INTEREST.  Without that – these trips are

NYIBC sends condolences to former President

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It is with sadness – that we announce the passing of former NYIBC President Maryann Filangieri.  Maryann was the club first President – to be voted for two terms.  She was a passionate Islanders fan from the beginning and was also involved in the player fan clubs that were active during the late 80s and 90s.

A die-hard Yankees and Green Bay Packers fan as well, she took great pride in her children and grandchildren.  Her grandson, Tim, won 2 NCAA Championships at Boston College and played for the Chicago Wolves in the AHL.  I know that she was very proud of him.

Her husband Joe, also a long time Booster Club member, was one of the first people I got to talk to when I joined the NYIBC in 1988.  They loved their hockey team very much.  They were the ones that got my interest in the club, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

In addition to Joe, she was the loving mother of Robert Filangieri (the late April; Debra Shaw), Ken Filangieri (Karen), and Dr. Carole Filangieri (James Santo). Cherished grandmother of Jillian, Keith, Tim, Michael, Michelle, Ashton, and Niall.

 

First Blog Entry – NYIBooster.blog

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Hello, Everyone.

This is the first entry in the New York Islanders Booster Club blog.

This blog is the place to find all the info you need to know about the booster club.

  1. Meetings
  2. Trips
  3. Special Events (Duck Games)
  4. Charity Endeavors
  5. Events with the Islanders

Come here to get it all.

More Entries to follow.  Have a great day!

 

Gary Harding – Exec VP – NY Islanders Booster Club