The untiring work of volunteers makes a difference in the lives of many individuals in our community. The Town of Hempstead is filled with many citizens who dedicate their life to helping others. Whether it's donating food to a family in need or accompanying a neighbor to the doctor, these residents are willing to volunteer their time. This year, the town is recognizing 12 of these citizens at our sixth annual Make a Difference Awards.
We received many nominations and it's heartwarming to know that there are so many extraordinary individuals who unselfishly give of themselves for the betterment of our community. Those who were chosen truly exemplify the spirit of volunteerism.
This year's honorees are: Al Alvarado of Baldwin; Bea Blake of North Bellmore; Geraldine Brathwaite of Elmont; Marjorie Chvatal of Valley Stream; Betty Jean Cross of Hempstead; Gerard Denk of Lynbrook; Mary Lasky of Merrick; Marge Lee of Franklin Square; Richard Petersen of Franklin Square; Dr. George Ruggi of Bellmore; Vera Schwartz of Cedarhurst and Robert Transom of Oceanside.
Although these fine people have not sought any recognition for their good deeds, we'd like to show our appreciation to them in the form of the Town of Hempstead Make a Difference Award. They will be recognized for the difference they have made in the town and for enriching the lives of those they helped. I am looking forward to honoring the award winners. The ceremony is on Monday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion at Town Hall.