Irish Eyes Were Smiling At the Queens Chamber’s Annual St. Pat’s Luncheon

From left to right: Nash Roe, executive vice president, City Underwriting Agency; Dr. Brian John O’Dwyer Esq., senior partner, O’Dwyer & Bernstein, LLP; Thomas J. Grech, president and CEO, Queens Chamber of Commerce; Thomas J. Santucci, chairman, Queens Chamber of Commerce. Photos by Dominic Totino Photography courtesy of the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

From left to right: Nash Roe, executive vice president, City Underwriting Agency; Dr. Brian John O’Dwyer Esq., senior partner, O’Dwyer & Bernstein, LLP; Thomas J. Grech, president and CEO, Queens Chamber of Commerce; Thomas J. Santucci, chairman, Queens Chamber of Commerce. Photos by Dominic Totino Photography courtesy of the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

By Eagle Staff

Hundreds of business and community leaders from around Queens gathered at Queens Village banquet hall for the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on March 13.

The luncheon, held at Antun’s, celebrated Celtic traditions and featured a keynote speech by Dr. Brian John O’Dwyer, Esq. and a benediction from Reverend Monsignor Alfred P. LoPinto, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens.

"One of the reasons I'm delighted to be here today is that this organization, as diverse as it is, represents the finest of what New York is and what we are as a people -- people of all ethnicities and faiths, getting together to promote the common good," O'Dwyer said.

Reverend Monsignor Alfred P. LoPinto, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens.

Reverend Monsignor Alfred P. LoPinto, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens.

O’Dwyer is a senior partner at O'Dwyer & Bernstein, LLP and served as grand marshal during last Saturday’s world-famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan.

The Dublin City University Choir sang traditional Irish songs, Irish step dancers from the Fitzpatrick Academy of Irish Dance performed a routine and the band Brogue entertained attendees.

“It is an honor for the Queens Chamber to be able to bring together business and community leaders from throughout our great borough to celebrate the contributions that Irish immigrants and Irish-Americans have made to our business community,” said Queens Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Grech. “We are the most diverse community in America, and immigrants from The Emerald Isle have played their part in contributing to our beautiful cultural mosaic, that makes Queens such a great place to live, work and do business.”