The organizers of the Parish Party for are asking, "Where did they go?"
According to Yvette Wright, co-chair of the Parish Party, 2,600 invitations for the fundraiser party on Nov. 18 at were sent out on Oct. 3. Yet it appears that only an estimated 260 of those invitations were received, she said.
“Our mailing committee brought over [the invitations] to bulk mail in Port Washington and it takes eight to ten business days for delivery and yesterday was the tenth business day,” Wright said Wednesday. “We’d be lucky if about 10 percent of the parishioners received their invitations so far.”
Wright said she visited the and was told that the problem lies with the Flushing sorting facility.
"We've had people call Flushing bulk mail," Wright said, adding that postal workers there seemed to put the blame on Port Washington. "It's just a vicious cycle," she said.
David Byrnes, a carrier and supervisor at the Port Washington Post Office, said the mail is processed in Queens and that the invitations should have been delivered by now.
The only problematic pieces of mail from that batch of invitations that he's aware of were several pieces that had been jammed in processing machinery.
"I have them here," he said. "There are only six pieces." The other items, he said "should have been delivered already.”
Byrnes said those six pieces will deliver Thursday. As for the others, it’s possible that some of the invitations may have stuck together.
“I’m looking at one of them right now and the one that’s printed on has chunks of another envelope on top of it and one has stuff missing off of it,” Byrnes said. “There’s nothing I can do. If it got caught in the machine and it jammed or ripped, then it’s probably halfway gone already, but that doesn’t mean it happened to all of them.”
Wright laments the possible loss of invitations, noting that the event is the only big fundraiser for the church.
Editor's Note: This article was updated to include the correct name of the venue for the fundraiser. It is North Hempstead Country Club. In addition, this article was updated after Patch learned that there were no raffles in the envelopes, as originally stated.