Friends of St. Patrick Grand Marshal 2016

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Friends of St. Patrick Grand Marshal 2016

The Friends of St. Patrick are pleased to announce, that the Grand Marshal for the 66th Annual Miller Place - Rocky Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the current member, President John Barchi.  Mr. Barchi has held other positions, during his tenure, within the organization, in addition to President, including Parade Chairman and Chairman of Public Relations. “Being named Grand Marshal of this historic parade and working with a group of the most honest,  loyal, and dedicated individuals, who put this project together, year after year,  is nothing short of a great honor and privilege”, John responded, when asked about his being chosen, to lead this year’s parade.  “Their commitment to this community event, and the camaraderie among us, is truly unique and amazing.” Being a long-time resident of Port Jefferson, John attended and graduated from Earl L. Vandermeulen High School and, later NYIT in Old Westbury with a BFA, before departing to New York City, to enjoy a career as an art director in the world of advertising, on Madison Avenue.  His experiences and expertise included working within all phases and aspects of print advertising, corporate identity, commercials, concept videos, as well as packaging, promotion, and display, amounting to a large roster of high visibility for local, national, and international clients. More than 20 years later, John returned to the roots of his home area, shifted career gears and, soon,  became a familiar face  in the downtown area of Rocky Point as the co-proprietor, along with his chef-brother, Jim, at Gracie’s Hearty Foods & Spirits, formally known as Harry’s Bar.  During his many years there, John and his brother not only served exceptional and robust food, but also friendly neighborly drink.  Always accessible, John served within the community, by being a member of the Rocky Point Civic Association, Rocky Point Historical Society, BBCA, as well as in various other projects, events, and fundraisers, within the local hamlets.  He was also recognized and named as businessman of the year, in 2007, by The Village Beacon Record. Of late, John has to attend to some family matters, and he is currently working through personal health issues.  While being out of the “circuit”, as he refers to not being as socially active, the parade planning and fundraising efforts, throughout the year, have kept him quite occupied.  He is eager to get back to a normal routine again and being more productive.   “Hopefully making this place, we live in, just a little nicer than we found it,” John quipped. See 2015’s Grand Marshal
John Barchi Grand Marshal 2016
Friends of St. Patrick, P.O. Box 5540, Rocky Point, NY 11778