Coney alliance gala a wild time

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It was wild!: Coney Island USA’s Princess Pat thrilled a gala guest with a live snake.
Fit for royalty: Brooklyn Cyclones hypeman King Henry was all smiles.
People’s popcorn: Andrew Rasero of Steiner Sports enjoyed the treats.
Juggling act: Justin Weber kept the audience entertained.

They’re calling Coney a shore thing.

Entertainers and executives celebrated the People’s Playground’s resurgence at the Alliance for Coney Island’s fourth annual Winter Gala at Gargiulo’s on April 14. It was a time for area business to take stock ahead of the busy summer season, and between the new amphitheater opening this summer, an announcement that the Shore Theater will be restored, and news the city is expanding the amusement district, there’s plenty to be excited about, one booster said.

“For the future it looks bright,” said Cindy Godla, a staffer for the Alliance.

Members of the group, which includes area businesses and community organizations, honored Coney Island historian Charles Denson and legendary neighborhood butcher Jimmy Prince, who owned Major Prime Meat Market.

The gala is also the group’s major yearly fund-raiser and helps supports free programming, such as the Friday night fireworks.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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