George D’Alessandro of Carmel and Gloria Troy of Mahopac are the County’s 2016 Outstanding Volunteers, according to County Executive MaryEllen Odell. Both Mr. D’Alessandro and Ms. Troy were recognized by the County Executive and Director of Office for Senior Resources, Patricia Sheehy, at the R.S.V.P. Luncheon held on May 6, 2016 at the Putnam County Golf Course. Then each were accompanied to ceremonies in Albany by the Director of Senior Resources, Patricia Sheehy, where they were recognized by the State Office for the Aging Acting Director, Greg Olsen, for the value to their communities at the Senior of the Year Recognition Event held on May 10, 2016 at the The Egg, in the Hart Pavilion located in Albany, New York.
“Both Mr. D’Alessandro and Ms. Troy demonstrate on a daily basis how Putnam County Senior Citizens enrich the lives of others when they volunteer their time and skills,” declares Director Sheehy.
George D’Alessandro is an enthusiastic man who spreads his positive attitude everywhere he volunteers. Since 2012, George has been a Senior Fitness Instructor for Putnam County Seniors volunteering his time several days a week at the Carmel and Mahopac Senior Friendship centers. As a Senior Fitness Volunteer Instructor, George helps many people improve themselves physically and has shown seniors that fitness can be fun. His classes are always full and the seniors feel that he makes a big difference in their lives. George has been volunteering his time since the 1950’s showing his commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. Through the years, he has been a coach for many baseball and basketball teams. George founded the Kent Day Camp and started many children’s programs such as the gymnastic program, a kickball league, little league baseball, a softball league and flag football. Beginning in the 1980’s and continuing until just a few years ago, George started and ran after school intramural sports programs for parochial schools and was a faculty consultant for the school newspaper. George continues to write a sports column for local newspapers.
Gloria Troy has volunteered and served for many volunteer efforts. Gloria has volunteered for many organizations. Presently she volunteers at the William Koehler Senior Center in Mahopacand is the Activity Leader for the RSVP Sewing Group, a group that sews cancer pads for patients. She also heads up the knitting group that knits baby hats and shawls for wheelchair patients. At the center, she calls BINGO keeping the game lively for the seniors. Gloria volunteers her time at the Mahopac Library continuing her knitting for babies and wheelchair patients. As an RSVP Wellness Ambassador, she visits nursing homes. Gloria has been a bell ringer to help raise funds for the Salvation Army. As well, she has volunteered her time at the Eagle Eye II Thrift Store cataloging and selling items to raise funds for the Putnam Hospital. Gloria has walked the RSVP Golden Mile to raise funds for the March of Dimes. Gloria is also very compassionate towards her neighbors and keeps an eye out for them. People say that Gloria is a person who works selflessly to help her community.
We congratulate these two outstanding Seniors for the invaluable contributions to our community of Putnam County.