Written by Katie Piacentini Friday, 04 June 2010 00:00
On May 20, Ed Balcourt and Frank Pfister were honored at the 38th Annual Town of North Hempstead Senior Recognition Luncheon for their outstanding work within the community. The luncheon was held at The Inn at New Hyde Park and many people attended to show their support and recognition for all of the people who were honored.
Ed Balcourt is a professional illustrator who has illustrated many paperbacks, magazines, and movie posters in a career that spans over 40 years. Author Gary Lovisi has referred to Ed Balcourt as a “living legend in the field of illustration, both as an artist and as an artist’s representative.” Now retired, Mr. Balcourt still paints and he provides drawing classes at the Port Washington Senior Center in Manorhaven. His son, Barry Balcourt, and his granddaughter, Sindy Balcourt-Sanchez, attended the luncheon to applaud and congratulate him on his day of honor.
Although Frank Pfister deals with the hardship of disability and has had a total of 39 surgeries, he makes every effort to be an exemplary participant at the Port Washington Senior Community Service Center. Mr. Pfister gladly participates in all activities, helping in any way he can, and he almost never misses a day. In the words of the center’s director, “He always has a big smile, and will rise to any occasion to be helpful.” His wife, Cindy Pfister, was with him at the luncheon to celebrate this honor. They recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman led the opening remarks and congratulated and thanked the honorees. “The Town of North Hempstead is one of the best places to live in the country, and you made it that way,” he said. Kaiman discussed several programs offered through the Town of North Hempstead that assist senior citizens, such as Project Independence, which helps seniors remain self-sufficient by mobilizing services and allows them to stay in their homes. Kaiman added that the town always wants to know what it can do to help seniors more, and said that he hopes everyone will benefit from these programs.
Senator Craig Johnson was also in attendance to congratulate the honorees. He said that Project Independence is being noticed in Albany and he recognized Jon Kaiman’s work on important programs for seniors within the Town of North Hempstead. Senator Johnson said, “Senior citizens rely on Jon Kaiman to ensure that there are the best possible programs, even in these difficult times.” He continued to thank the senior citizens of the Town of North Hempstead for all of their important work, and said, “The senior citizen community here is so vibrant, and it is so important, because you are our living history here in North Hempstead.”