Drive4COPD application to conduct a special event to raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Father Duffy Square on Thursday, November 4, 2010WHEREAS, Drive4COPD has submitted an application for a special event in Father Duffy Square, to raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, on Thursday, November 4, 2010, between the hours of 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM, requiring set-up to begin at 8:00 AM and dismantling and clean-up to be completed by 8:00 PM; and
WHEREAS, Twenty-four million Americans may have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) but half (12 million) don't know it; and
WHEREAS, Drive4COPD, a multi-year public health initiative, aims to find these "missing millions" of people who may be at risk for the disease, America's fourth leading cause of death; and
WHEREAS, this event will involve having a small team of people asking those age 35 and over five brief questions about their lung health and encouraging them to talk to their doctors. In addition, former pro football player Michael Strahan, a DRIVE4COPD ambassador, will be signing autographs and speaking to fans in the pedestrian plaza on Broadway btw 43rd and 44th to raise awareness about COPD.
WHEREAS, The proposed event would not hamper other activities in the park, nor inhibit the usage of the red steps, and one line for the TKTS box office will remain open, and
WHEREAS, there will be no sponsor signage and the only signage will be a combination of 3 Drive4COPD branded explosion and kinetic flag systems to catch people's attention; and
WHEREAS, the proposed event requires a small foot print, and is non-commercial and predominantly a public service event; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of Drive4COPD's application to conduct a special event to raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Father Duffy Square on Thursday November 4th, 2010.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 39 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.