The Community Chest of Port Washington has selected Amy G. Bass to receive the Citizen of the Year Award, the highest honor bestowed by the local fund-raising organization. Bass will be officially recognized on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m., in the meeting room of the Port Washington Library. Members of the public are invited.
Amy Bass' years of energetic and dedicated involvement in a wide range of community programs and services exemplified the current motto of the Chest's annual fund-raising campaign: "The People of Port Helping the People of Port." The Chest established the prestigious Citizen of the Year Award over 20 years ago to "honor the rendering of outstanding service in the field of health, education and welfare in the Port Washington Community."
Amy Bass is currently president of Friends of the Port Washington Public Library and has been a director of that organization since 1986. She is well known for her involvement with the League of Women Voters of Port Washington-Manhasset, where she is currently a vice president and committee chair, as well as her years of service to the Community Chest, which began in 1986 when she volunteered as an area captain and block worker and soon progressed to annual campaign chairperson (1990-91), member of the board of directors, and present Phonathon chair.
Bass' diverse involvement also includes a term as president of the Port Washington Board of Education (1993-94) and service at all levels of the Port Washington Public School system, from HSA member at Sousa Elementary School, to PTA president at Weber Junior High School, to vice president of the Parents' Council at Schreiber High School. She has served as a troop committee member in charge of recruitment for the Boy Scouts of America and as newsletter editor at Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington. Bass is a board member of the Port Washington Children's Center and in 1996 was honored by the Port Washington Teen Center for "Service to the Community and Its Youth."
Amy and her husband, attorney Geoffrey A. Bass, have raised two children in Port Washington.
The Community Chest is a local volunteer organization founded in 1949 to consolidate fund raising for local community agencies whose vital programs improve the quality of life in Port Washington. The Chest is pleased to recognize 1999-2000's Citizen of the Year for her years of service to such programs, for which success depends not only on the money they raise but also on the invaluable contributions of devotion, talent, and time provided by people like Amy G. Bass.