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Good Life: Positive achievements for May 25 - Poughkeepsie Journal

Volunteers honored for service

Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County recognized the contributions of 25 volunteers at their annual volunteer recognition reception hosted at the not-for-profit agency’s Poughkeepsie office. Presidential Volunteer Service Awards were presented to eight volunteers. This award recognizes those who volunteer 100 or more hours over a 12-month period. This year’s award recipients were Sally Allen, Joan Doherty, John Milliot, Dorothy Milliot, Cara Mooney, Pegeen Wall, Eileen Weslowski and Paula Williams.

“Catholic Charities of Dutchess County is incredibly fortunate to have such a dedicated and generous team of volunteers that share their time and talent with us in support of our programs and the people we serve,” said Mary Marshall, executive director, Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County. “These volunteers, especially the Presidential Award recipients, exemplify the spirit of service that is at the heart of all that we do in service to our friends and neighbors in the community. We are grateful for their continued support.”

Continuing their recognition of service in the community, Catholic Charities Dutchess County will host its Spirit of Service awards dinner on June 9 at Villa Borghese inWappingers Falls. Honorees Msgr. John J. Brinn, Les McCarthy and IBM, represented by Sheila Appel, will receive the agency’s premier awards. To purchase tickets, become a sponsor, or participate in the dinner journal, contact Kim Whelly at 845-452-1400, Ext. 4263 or email kim.whelly@archny.org.

Catholic Charities is a resource for needy families and individuals, both Catholic and non-Catholic, offering a wide array of free and professionally-administered direct services.

Last year, the organization assisted more than 1,100 individuals. Offices are located at 218 Church St., Poughkeepsie. For information call 845-452-1400 or visit www.catholiccharities-dutchesscounty.org

Gala raises funds for scholarships

Members of the Beyond the Dream Foundation and Brothers of the Poughkeepsie Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity held their 11th annual scholarship gala on April 23 at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. The event was the main fundraiser for the scholarship drive. More than 200 people attended the formal affair.

In addition to funds raised by the gala and other sources, three $1,000 name scholarships were donated by Harry and Pamela Bonsu, Wesley and Charlene Lee and Jordan Bell. Scholarships will be awarded to qualified high school graduates from low income families in Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Danbury, Conn.

The gala also honored two community leaders. Shirley Adams of Poughkeepsie, the executive director of Catharine Street Community Center and chairperson of the board of directors of the Poughkeepsie Housing Authority and Michelle H. James of Danbury, vice president of the Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA) were presented with Community Service Awards for helping to improve the lives of under-served families.

For information, contact Wesley Lee at 845-264-2236 or visit www.beyondthedreamfoundation.org

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