FC: Rockville Centre's 15th Annual St. Patrick's Parade "The Parade That Cares and Shares" | Congratulations Joe Kelly and Francis "Bud" Cosgrove 2011 Co-Grand Marshal's
1: Fifteen years ago a group of community members, businessmen, neighbors and friends had a dream to hold a St. Patrick's Parade in the village of Rockville Centre. Planning a parade from scratch is a monumental task and to further add to the complexity, these leaders decided to have this parade give back. The Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Parade is known as "The Parade that Cares and Shares", as it is one of the only parades in the entire country that raises monies for charities, both here and abroad. Months of meetings, hours of planning and their relentless drive of the original Parade Committee turned their dream into a reality. On this 15th Anniversary year we are extremely proud to honor two of the original founders, Joe Kelly and Bud Cosgrove, as the Co-Grand Marshals of the 2011 Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Parade. Joe and Bud have devoted countless hours of brainstorming, fundraising, and networking, which have been instrumental to the Parades' success. Their example of dedication is unsurpassed. It has been their goal since the very beginning that this Parade would become an annual tradition highly regarded by participants, attendees and supporters. 15 years later, we would all agree that the vision they shared has grown beyond what even they had hoped for. What a wonderful way for everyone who has enjoyed "Parade Day" to give back to these two men, who have given so much of themselves, than to honor them as Co-Grand Marshals'.
2: May luck be our companion May friends stand by our side May history remind us all Of Ireland's faith and pride. May God bless us with happiness May love and faith abide. ~Irish Blessing
3: Joseph F. Kelly and his wife, Dianne, have lived in Rockville Centre for almost 40 years, and have three children and nine grandchildren, all of whom live nearby and will be marching in the Parade. Mr. Kelly is a graduate of St. John’s Prep, Niagara University, did postgraduate work at the NYU Graduate School of Business and served as a First Lieutenant with the U.S. Army in Korea. Professionally, Mr. Kelly has had wide experience in the financial field, having previously been associated with A.G. Edwards, Prudential Securities, A.G. Becker & Co. and he is recently retired from Janney Montgomery Scott in Garden City. He has served as Chairman of the Federal Agency Committee of the Public Securities Association, as an Executive Committee member of the U.S. Primary Dealers Association, and he has been listed in “Who’s Who in American Finance”. On the charitable side, after helping organize the first Rockville Centre St. Patrick’s Parade, Mr. Kelly served as Chairman of the Parade Committee, and his wife Dianne served as the Committee’s Secretary. He has also served as Chairman of the Maple Avenue Task Force, Chairman of the Rockville Centre Environmental and Beautification Committee from 1978 to 1983, and he is a past member of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick on Long Island. Mr. Kelly received the Edward D. Riley Award and the Joseph P. Molinari Award from the Villanova Educational Foundation and is Chairman of The Reverend Thomas Concagh Scholarship Fund at St. John’s Prep in Queens. Mr. Kelly’s charitable efforts are not limited to Long Island, however, as he is serving as Founding Chairman of the Belleayre Conservatory and the Coalition to Save Belleayre Mountain in upstate New York, as well as serving on the Boards of Directors of the Catskill Regional Ski Council and the M-ARK Project. He is a Charter Member of The Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Hall of Fame. “Dianne and I, our three children, their wonderful spouses, and our nine cherished grandchildren will be proud to be marching in our best green in the Parade to celebrate America’s and Rockville Centre’s Irish heritage”, Mr. Kelly said. Bud Cosgrove and his wife Suzie have lived in Rockville Centre for 42 years, and have six adult children and seven grandchildren. Mr. Cosgrove earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from SUNY Brockport, a Masters degree in Physical Education and Recreation from Columbia University, and is a Vietnam era Army veteran, serving with the 269th Signal Company in Orleans, France during the Berlin Wall and Cuban missile crises. Professionally, Mr. Cosgrove began as the Assistant Director for Recreation for the Town of Hempstead, where he played an integral role in the planning and implementation of the Town’s nationally recognized ANCHOR program. After leaving the Town of Hempstead, he served for 25 years as one of the founders and executives of the Nassau County Department of Recreation and Parks. As Deputy Commissioner of Nassau County’s Recreation and Parks Department, Mr. Cosgrove had responsibility for the operations of Nassau County’s active park system. Since 2000 he has been the Director of Senior Wellness and Special Needs Programs at Sportset Health and Fitness Club in Rockville Centre, and he has been an Adjunct Professor at C.W. Post University in its School of Management—Health Care and Public Administration for over 30 years. On the charitable side, after helping organize the first Rockville Centre St. Patrick’s Parade, Mr. Cosgrove served as Co-Chairman of the Parade Committee for ten years, and he remains active on numerous sub-committees of the Parade to this day. He also served for 12 years as a Trustee of the Village of Rockville Centre. “I am very proud of this honor and especially that I will share it with Joe Kelly”, Mr. Cosgrove said. “I want to thank the Board and the committee for selecting us, and our families, friends and neighbors who have been so supportive over the years”.
4: Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Parade Fall Kick Off Party September , 2010 R.J. Daniels
6: Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Parade Taste of Rockville Centre January 28, 2011 St. Agnes Parish Center
7: "May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go." ~Irish Blessing
8: 15th Annual GRAND MARSHAL'S RECEPTION March 12, 2011
9: May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go. ~Irish Blessing
10: When Irish eyes are smiling, 'Tis like a morn in spring. With a lilt of Irish laughter You can hear the angels sing.
16: 1997 Project Children Mayor's Comm. Fund Multiple Sclerosis | THE CHARITIES | 1998 The American Paralysis Association AOH Division 14 Rockville Centre Children's Fund | 1999 Mercy Medical Centre Rural Resettlement Ireland VA Medical Center | 2000 The Leukemia Society of America The "Save-a-Life Project Rockville Centre The Jeannie Johnston Project | 2002 The New York Police and Fire Widows and Children Benefit Fund The Lower East Side Tenement Museum / Irish Apartment Project We Care | 2001 The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Bridges to Peace St. Agnes Parish Outreach Program | 2003 Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association Literacy Volunteers of America St. Patrick's Parade Scholarship Fund | 2004 The Boomer Esiason Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Project Children Friends of RVC 911 Memorial Foundation
17: 2005 The Injured Marine Semper FI Fund in Honor of Marine Lieutenant Ronald Winchester The 69th Regiment Restoration Fund The Galway Hospice Foundation | 2006 The Michael Manzella Foundation Bethany House Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul Limerick | 2007 Camp Anchor Parents Foundation St. Baldrick's Playing for Peace | 2008 Long Island Sled Hockey, Inc. for the handicapped athlete Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Ards Friary Retreat and Conference Centre, Donegal Ireland | 2009 The De La Salle School Maureens Hope Foundation Molloy College Irish Studies Institute | 2010 Families of SMA, Greater NY Chapter Mollies Fund Long Island Gaelic Athletic Club, Inc. | 2011 Nassau-Suffolk Chapter of the Autism Society of America (NSASA) Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin