Chita Rivera Back in the Pines! 1994
Chita Rivera Back in the Pines! 1994

1994. Chita Rivera back in the Pines. This was the last scheduled “From the Pines with Love” benefitting the Pines Memorial park and NYU Med co op care center. It was cancelled, and here is the story:
Pines resident John Francis had a vision of a beautiful unique park. A place to reflect, relax, remember. A place to grieve, to strenghten our resolve, for fond memories. A place for the living. He had enthusiastic support from PCS, and they were amendable to keeping up the park. He then presented to FIPPOA who voted without opposition to support. John began raising money for the project on his own. Raising $10,000.00. A place for the park was a major obstacle. FINNS concensus seemed to point to property around the then Community House. John Whyte then held a meeting in NY to discuss the gala weekend. Topics arose. Some residents brought up the then vacant land known as the Childrens Beach property (Donated by Home Guardian Co.) Upkeep, hours of operation, keys to lockup, a lot to think about, but many felt the park was appropriate. The meeting ended with the consensus to go ahead, and bring the community together to raise funds. In the weeks ahead minds changed. Individuals who were formerly positive changed their minds. Promises of benefactors were withdrawn. Faced with diversity John decieded to cancel the gala. Without the benfactors they wouldn’t break even. The memorial park was a project close to John Whyte’s heart, and many others. Resolving to the strength of the community he asked: If not us,who? If not now, when?

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