22nd Annual Blessing of the Fleet, Boat Parade, Memorial Day Commemoration and Picnic on the Beach!

Sunday, May 28, 2017


On Sunday, May 28, 2017, Mayor Amato, surrounded by members, presented BSHCA with a proclamation recognizing our association for the 22nd Annual Boat Blessing and Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony.

ABOVE: Proud members, from left to right: Tony Mrofsky, Fred Bekiarian, Mayor Amato, JoAnne Coppola, Jerry Coppola, Rich Pachuki,
Dick Andrews and Paul Spinello.
My Irene, Captain Jim Benn
Sushi Hunter, Capt Bob Nunn
Kon-Tiki, Capt Larry Borio
Mayor Carmen Amato
Father Stas and Al Semento Blessing Boats
Central Regional HS JROTC Color Guard
Gold Star Mother Carol Koch and Irene Benn
Bill McGrath, Mayor Amato, Sgt. Frank Bruno
Bagpiper, Mike Mcaleavey and Sgt. Frank Bruno
Bugler Mike Passari
DJ Dick Italiano
Laying of Commemorative Wreath
Picnic Chairpersons, JoAnn and Jerry Coppola
Crowd enjoying the day
Photographers Nancy Wieme and Kathi Nunn

There are MANY MANY MORE PHOTOS!! Use the links below


Click here to visit the BSHCA Blessing of the Fleet (from the beach)!
(photos courtesy of Nancy Wieme)


Click here to visit the BSHCA Blessing of the Fleet (from the water)!
(photos courtesy of Kathi Nunn)

If you have photos to share, please email webmaster@berkeleyshores.org


There are so many to thank for the day!

On the water our ceremonial and assembly boats Ohana, My Irene, Kon-Tiki, Madame Butterfly, Rosie Kay, Sushi Hunter and their Captains, respectively, John DiStefano, Jim Benn, Larry Borio, Maurice Schnakenberg, Ken Gerb, and Bob Nunn. Blessing prayer, Invocation and Benediction by Father Stas from St Barnabas Parish. Heartfelt speeches by Mayor Carmen Amato, Council President Sophia Gingrich, and 1st Ward Councilman, James Byrnes, who also laid the ceremonial wreath upon the waters. Our Central Regional Jr ROTC Color Guard supervised by Felicia Morreale, Our Gold Star Mother, Carol Koch. Thank you to our Bagpiper, Mike Mcaleavey and Bugler Mike Passeri. And to all participating boats with their captains and guests.

On shore our Picnic Committee chaired so excellently by Jerry and JoAnn Coppola with their volunteer crew of workers and head chef Tony Mrofsky and his cooks, Dick Andrews, Rich Pachuki, Cole Starzman, Paul Spinelli, Charles Crunkleton, Jim Blavat and Carmine Esposito. To our DJ Dick Italiano and his special singing guest, Al Semento, who once again regaled us with a love song to his wife, Paulette, the ”love of his life.” To Doug Blum and Bob Palma for the use of their trucks on Sunday. To Charlene Spinelli, Mary Lou Andrews and Jean Pachuki for attending to our membership table. Councilman Jim Byrnes for the use of his freezer, storing our hamburgers and hot dogs. A special thank you to Bill McGrath for supervising the Commemoration Ceremony from the beach and for his working with DJ Dick Italiano, resolving last minute technical problems, to assure clear communications between the beach and the boats. Many thanks to Peggy Zullo for providing electricity for our event!

Our thanks to Mayor Amato and Public Works Director, Steve Seiler for their support. And to the Recreation Departments’ Tim Yurcisin and Jim Sperber and their crew for their attention to our beach needs, delivering heavy tables, relief stations, DJ Platform and trash containers. And to Jim Sperber for last minute raking of the beach. And a thank you to Richards Rental for accommodating our special tent delivery times.

Yesterday's celebration is the largest event held by BSHCA during the year. A great deal of planning and coordination is required to make it a successful day. It would not be possible to hold such an event without our strong volunteer force for which I am very grateful. An event, such as we held on Sunday, May 28, 2017 proves beyond a doubt that the “boss” is only as good as his/her support people.

Thank you BSHCA Executive Board. Thank you to our member and non-member volunteers. Thank you Nancy Wieme, our webmaster, for taking and assembling photos and preparation of material for the web site in such a short time frame.
Thank you, Kathi Nunn for also taking and providing us with photos!
If you have photos you would like to submit, please send them to webmaster@berkeleyshores.org

And thank you BSHCA members, your families, friends and guests for your support of our military. Without them, we would not have the privilege and freedom to enjoy a Memorial Day Celebration such as we held on Sunday. This event has become a BSHCA tradition. Special thanks to Past Presidents, Mike and Barbara Teichmann for creating the Commemoration Ceremony, 22 years ago and to Past President, Bill Grochowitz, “Picnic Under the Tent” 7 years ago in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of BSHCA.


Thanks to all BSHCA members, families and friends who came out to support our event!