ladder 156 firetruck

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There will be a party cruise leaving Pier 2 in Sheepshead Bay this Saturday, October 3, 2009, to benefit New York City Firefighter Richie Manetta and his family.There will be a DJ affiliated with the Golden Sunshine catamaran operators onboard providing music, as well as the live bands Underwhelmed with Mike Russo and The Square Rooters. Even if you can’t make it to the party cruise (tickets are selling out fast), you can still get raffle tickets. Each one costs $100, but you have an excellent chance of winning. Contact anyone at the numbers listed below for information about the cruise, raffle tickets, or to make a donation.

Here are the details from the 911 Families website.

Engine 276/Ladder 156 “The  Highway” Present
A Cruise for Richie
Saturday October 3, 2009
Boarding 6:00pm; boat leaves at 7:00pm sharp
Brooklyn, NY
Richie Manetta, age 44, is a 13-year veteran of the New York City Fire
Department. He is a beloved member of  “The Highway” Engine 276/
Ladder 156/Battalion 33 and also rotated  through E-224, E-8 and L-2.
Richie spent many days working at the World Trade Center site.

In September 2008, Richie was  diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer
which has yet to be properly  diagnosed. Richie is now in a fight for his life.
His firehouse is putting  together a fundraiser and reaching out to the entire
FDNY brotherhood and their  friends to help relieve the financial burden that
he and his family are dealing  with.

Join them and board the Golden Sunshine charter  boat at the corner of
Bedford and Emmons Avenues in Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn.

Tickets are $100.00 per person.  Reserve your spot as soon as you can,
for seating is limited. Any donations would be gratefully accepted. All
proceeds will go directly to Richie and his wife Maria and their two-year-old
son Christian.

Please make your check payable  to: Ladder156 Manetta Fund.
Please send your contribution to:
Ladder 156 Manetta Fund
1635  East 14th Street
Brooklyn NY 11229

There will be 3 raffles to be  drawn on the night of the cruise.

RAFFLE 1: Win a blue 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. 350, 4 speed,
mag wheels, V8

RAFFLE 2: Win a gold 1966 Oldsmobile Delta 88. All original, V8 automatic
power steering and brakes

RAFFLE 3: A chance to win $10,000.

Only 200 tickets will be sold for  each car, and 400 tickets will be sold
for the $10,000 raffle.

For additional information, contact Kevin Lunny at 646-338-2951,
Mike Cassidy at 917-363-1405, or Brian Williams at 347-234-2915.

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