Trips Update

Hi everybody!

Just an update on the trip planning for next season.

The Philadelphia trip will not be able to happen.  There were an extreme limited number of group tickets available (usually none are for a ‘holiday’ game – but the Flyers were nice to extend the invitation to us.)  However, I was just unable to ‘guarantee’ 55 tickets this early.

busSo now – Ottawa is in play.

Unlike previous trips to Ottawa, we will NOT be able to stay in Downtown.  Thanksgiving weekend is also the weekend for the Grey Cup – the Canadian Football League championship game (their version of the Super Bowl).  All the hotels in Downtown Ottawa are all booked up for the weekend.  So for this trip, we will be staying in Kanata, which is where the Senators play.  It is about 20 minutes west of the city.  There will be two Marriott hotels that will be available to us – and are about a 4 minute bus ride to the arena.  There is plenty of shopping and restaurants around the hotels, and both of them have nice amenities to enjoy, before we head to the game

As far as costs are concerned, these are approximates, as we are still waiting for the cost fot tickets.  For a Single, for the Bus ride, hotel and game ticket – it will be $335.  $260 for a double occupancy.  $235 for a triple.  The cost is based on a bus of 30 people.  Rebates will be realized if we get more than 30 people on the bus, so the more the merrier.

We will need to start to get commitments – as the club needs to send a deposit to the bus company, as well as start to get tickets.  Not only will we need for you to let us know – but we will need to get money.  You can mail it to the Booster Club address, of course; however, if your personal bank has the ability to send money to an e-mail address, you can send me the money directly to my e-mail (  A deposit of $50 per person will be desired.  Also – you will need to be a member to attend this trip.  So if you have not re-joined, I am providing an application as well.

Of course, if you have any questions or comments, please let me know.  Thanks for the support.  And Let’s Go Islanders!


Gary Harding

Exec-Vice President – NYIBC


NYIBC Help the Ducks Win

Well – it caught your attention….

On Saturday the 15th – the NYIBC had their annual get-together at Bethpage Ballpark – to watch our Long Island Ducks face another Atlantic League challenge.

Ducks4As with our annual July event, it started with a All-You-Can-Eat picnic before the game began.  Over 50 represented the Blue and Orange on this evening.  This picnic, which happens before every Ducks home contest, is a real treat.  I highly recommend visiting it – the next time you are in a group outing (you need 50 or more in your group to go – and it is $35 a person – but it is totally well worth it).

Then – after filling ourselves with great food and conversation – it was to our seats to watch the game.  I am sure that you all have attended a Ducks game or two over the past 17 years.  It never ceases to be a great time.  The Ducks work the crowd, do lots of great promotions, have even more tasty treats available on the concourse, and are a great bang for the buck.


And of course – we get a shout out too….

As far as the ball game was concerned, the Ducks played a great game, defeating the Somerset Patriots, 7-4.  Dan Lyons hit a home run, and Rafael Perez struck out eight in six innings to get the victory.  After the game – as it is a Saturday tradition, fireworks lit up the Central Islip skies.  Win or lose, rain or shine, Saturday nights are special at Bethpage Ballpark.


The Booster Club is having one more outing to Bethpage Ballpark.  This game we do not do the picnic; it will be just the ticket and fireworks following the conclusion of the game.  The cost of these tickets is $15 a piece.  If you are interested, please e-mail Claire Harding, our club President (, and let her know.  We have to get the ticket request in by early August, so please get involved now.  Maybe, we will take a picture with YOU in it. (see below).  Hope to see you!


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!!



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


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 –


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