Our Lady of the Skies Cocktail Social

Our Lady of the Skies Cocktail Social

Our Lady of the Skies 2021 Cocktail Social took place on August 26, 2021 at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, a fitting location due to its aviation history. Manhasset Bay was ( and still is) a seaplane landing area, used as Pan Am’s New York base from 1939 to 1940 for their transatlantic Boeing 314 flights.

The cocktail hour, followed by dinner, began with opening remarks from Catholic Guild President Alfred de Phillips and an invocation from Father Chris Piasta.

In lieu of the customary Man and Woman of the Year nominees, this year’s event was dedicated to the revival of JFK and LaGuardia airports, and acknowledged all airport essential workers, especially those who died of Covid 19. A moment of silence in their honor was observed at sunset, 7:37 PM, followed by the mournful sound of a lone bagpiper.

After a long year of social isolation, this year’s event at the lovely Yacht Club on a picture perfect evening seemed magical. The live music and fine dinner were enjoyed by the many attendees, finally socializing and reconnecting with friends and acquaintances not seen in a long time. The evening could not have been more perfect thanks to efforts and supporters of the Catholic Guild and Our Lady of the Skies.

Our Lady of the Skies 2021 Cocktail Social
After graduating from Bard College with a major in languages, Roberta spent a year in Germany and France before joining Trans World Airlines in the early 70’s. At TWA she became the Ambassador and Constellation Club supervisor at JFK. An interest in food fostered by her international travel lead to “Deliciously Dunn”, her catering and gift basket business for 20 years, while still working at TWA. After the demise of the airline, Roberta became the North American sales rep for La Source, a 5 star resort in Grenada. When hurricane Ivan destroyed the island, she went on to work for Airport Press. Most recently Ms. Dunn is the Skating Director at the City of Long Beach, NY skating rink. Roberta is a US Figure Skating Gold Medalist in ice dancing and has skated since she was 17. Another of her passions is photography and her photos have been used in several publications. Roberta still travels extensively, enjoys cooking and entertaining and skates practically every day.


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