Individuals and organizations that have made a significant difference in the lives of others through their community and human service accomplishments in Putnam County were honored at the Annual Awards Breakfast on October 7th, hosted by the Putnam Community Service Network (PCSN) at the Putnam County Golf Course. For 30 years PCSN, an educational program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County, has recognized over 600 professionals, volunteers, and organizations that “go above and beyond” to improve the quality of life for our County residents. Marjorie Keith, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam congratulated all of the nominees for their dedication and commitment. She said, “the PCSN Awards Breakfast highlights organizations delivering dynamic programs and volunteers and professionals, who unselfishly give of themselves to make our Putnam communities a better place to live.” The Breakfast was attended by170 people representing over 75 public and nonprofit agencies throughout Putnam County.
The 2015 PCSN Awards were presented to:
- Distinguished Service Award for an Individual— Samuel B. Ross Jr, founder of Green Chimneys, in Brewster
- Distinguished Service Award for an Organization— American Cancer Society’s Mahopac Relay for Life
- Ruth Dain Voluntary Service Award— Amy Sayegh, Mahopac and The Community Crafters, Mahopac
- Norman Vincent Peale Outstanding Service Award— Danielle Pascale, Putnam County Assistant District Attorney
- Fred L. Dill Community Service Networking Award – Putnam County Treatment Court
- Lyn and Buzz Burr Excellence in Communications Award – Lisa Kaslyn, Prosper Communications
- Professional Career Recognition Award – Joseph Whalen, Executive Director of Green Chimneys, Brewster
- Public Service Award – Donald B. Smith, Jr, Putnam County Sheriff
- Joe Gomez Memorial Advocacy Award –Medley Broege, Director of the Putnam County Office for People with Disabilities
- Special Youth Award— In memory of Sean Callahan, Mahopac
Twelve additional PCSN Award nominees representing broad range of service providers were also recognized for their outstanding community contribution including: Officer Frank Chibbaro, Town of Carmel Police Department; Cold Spring Film Society; Carol Donick, Kent Public Library Director; Susan Hoffner, Putnam County Department of Health Educator; Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Cold Spring; Larry Light, The Men’s Fraternity in Mahopac; Kristin McConnell, National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependencies of Putnam Director; Marisa O’Leary, Putnam Community Action Program Assistant Director; Putnam County Humane Society Volunteers, Carmel; Putnam County Suicide Prevention Task Force; Father Anthony Sorgie, St James the Apostle Church (formerly); Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Cold Spring.
For information about the Putnam Community Service Network Awards contact Marjorie Nichols Keith, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County at 845-278-6738. Visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu or on Facebook search Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County.
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