St. Peter's Fundraiser Invites Missing in Action

More than 2,000 invitations never reached their destination.

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.

Robert J. Pape, Jr. October 19, 2011 at 11:10 PM
The St. Peter's Annual Parish Party is a very special and financially important event for the St. Peter's Parish family. Let's help these fine Chairpersons and committee by considering ourselves "invited", regardless of whether we recieved an invitation or not, and make reservations to attend and support this parish family gathering. The people of St. Peter's know how to pull together during a challenge. Let's meet this challenge with a sell out event! God Bless. Thank you.
Yvette Wright October 20, 2011 at 01:24 AM
Thank you Robert. The event is being held at North Hempstead Country Club. We are hoping for a very successful event.
Bryan Jay October 20, 2011 at 01:18 PM
The above article states that the Parish Party is being held at the North Hills Country Club. We shoulld ask the author to make the correction to show North Hempstead Country Club. I hope it is a success!
Adina Genn (Editor) October 20, 2011 at 01:27 PM
We've updated the story with the correct name of the venue. Thank you.
Art October 20, 2011 at 01:42 PM
Where is the accountability?
Ben October 20, 2011 at 02:17 PM
i find the US Post Office Mail delivery here in Port Washington to be at an all time low. I have not seen my regular mail carriers in months. Several important pieces of my mail have been lost never to arrive and never returned to sender. Something is wrong with the post office.
Allison Glennon Benedetti October 20, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Here's a link to the event: http://www.stpeterofalcantara.org/party/invite.html
matteo October 20, 2011 at 03:28 PM
I received mine in yesterday's mail. Who was missed? How about telephones, hand out notices at Mass, and of course the I-phone, texting, computers, drums and carrier pigeons? The USPS is not the only game in town.
Art April 14, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Solution - Privatize the Postal Service


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