Our Hearts and Bellies are Overflowing with Rockaway Love

Live music courtesy of White Merlot's Justin Vegh and Omaesh Persaud. Photo: Miachel Breton

Live music courtesy of White Merlot's Justin Vegh and Omaesh Persaud. Photo: Miachel Breton

"Linking arms and connecting strengths to get every student in Far Rockaway to every class, every day" - Rockaway Rising's Mission Statement

Under the pink glow of Saturday's setting sun, the creative minds behind The MP Shift rallied our community's uber-talented and kind-hearted restaurateurs to "link arms" and serve up a collaborative feast benefitting - we still can't believe it - us.

Sarah Owens baked her James Beard Award winning sourdough and Goody's dished out endless ribs for our kids. Tracy Obolsky woke up at 4 am to meticulously prepare her honeycomb dessert for our kids. Abra Boero kept her trendy Off Season boutique open late for our kids. The legendary Whitney Aycock plated blueberry compote and served up craft beer (thank you Rockaway Brewing Co.) for our kids. Taylor from Fox Fodder Farm hand painted real fruit centerpieces for our kids. Leyla and Ximena Yrala of Chicks to Go shared their perfectly seasoned ceviche for our kids. The kind gents at Brothers left their boardwalk HQ to ensure everything was farm to table for our kids.

Statistically, less than 40% of our kids in Far Rockaway will graduate from high school. Contrary to what the data suggests, our kids are not failing. We are failing our kids. As these chefs and hosts demonstrated so flawlessly, we all have something to bring to the table. We cannot sit back and watch as over half of our children slip through the cracks. 

They are our kids.

Thank you to each and every soul who celebrated Rockaway's kitchens and our kids on Saturday evening. Your joyful participation and sacrifice of time and talent means the world to everyone here at Rockaway Rising.  You always have a seat at our table.