Varied and sundry items, including announcements of several upcoming events, were on the agenda at The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce's July meeting.
Trunz Celebrates Its One Hundredth Anniversary
The Trunz Food Store on Port Washington Boulevard is celebrating the centennial anniversary of the founding of the company. Trunz Food Stores, Inc. was founded in 1904 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, by Max Trunz, grandfather of the current president, Bob Trunz. Max Trunz immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1895. "He was on the boat with Schaeffer, Bohack, and all those guys," said Bob Trunz. Max took over a lard company, which he expanded into a pork store. Other stores followed, until there were 85 Trunz pork stores all over Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and Staten Island, as well as a 320,000-square-foot plant by the Kosciusko Bridge. During World War II, the company was a supplier for the United States military. During that period, they added other meats to their offerings. Many people still have fond memories of the Trunz meat markets. Following are a few sample comments from Brooklyn-based forums on the Internet: "We went to Trunz's meat market and there was always sawdust on the floor; the butcher gave me bologna." "I loved playing with the wood shavings on the floor. The chunks of beef would be ground into chop [sic] meat right in front of you. The soup bones were free, and if you had a big order the butcher would throw in a free chop or a couple of ribs. At Easter time the showcase had sheep's heads." Another longtime Brooklyn resident (to whom we happen to be married) said, "I remember shopping in the Bay Ridge store with my mother. They had the best bologna in the world."
On The Bay
The Gift of Life International, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1973 when a young Rotarian from Manhasset Rotary Club responded to a plea for help from a Rotary Club in Uganda. The plea was for help in saving a young Ugandan who needed life-saving open-heart surgery. Through the generous efforts of the Manhasset Rotary Club, Grace Agwara was treated at St. Francis Hospital to close a hole between the lower chambers of her heart. This first venture in helping save lives led to another child receiving help, then a third. Thus began the Gift of Life, focusing efforts on children from all over the world with heart problems. Knickerbocker YC decided to join in these worthy efforts, and held their second Gift of Life regatta on Saturday, August 21st. Little Maka Batsaeva, aged 8, attended the evening dinner and auction, along with her mother. This brave young child captured the hearts of the crowd who gathered on the lawn of KYC. It is hard to imagine how a young child can absorb the new world she has entered. Just a short while ago, she and her family were living in a hole in the ground, trying to shield themselves from the bombs that struck her village during the Chechnyan uprising. And then, on a Saturday evening in late August, she is transported to KYC, and is standing on the steps, surrounded not by bombs, but by a sea of friendly, smiling faces, with Manhasset Bay and the setting sun as a backdrop. Mata has traveled a long road in her short eight years, and has another surgery scheduled on August 31st, this time a major one, at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Because of the generosity of the folks over at KYC (they raised over $90,000), she has a second chance to have a normal life. This little Chechnyan, who has been through so much, is just one example of the good that is being done for children around the world. Dave Kass, the Chair of the Gift of Life regatta, said they are already have found another child to bring over the United States, a child who was left abandoned on a street in Iraq, and was in need of another miracle. And so the story goes, one child after another, receiving the best gift ever, the gift to grow to adulthood and live a healthy and productive life.
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