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Port Washington Clergy Association Honored By Community Chest As Citizen of the Year 2010

The Port Washington Clergy Association was honored as Community Chest of Port Washington’s Citizen of the Year at a moving ceremony held on Monday evening, June 6, 2011, at Paul D. Schreiber High School.  The Chest’s Citizen of the Year Award recognizes “Outstanding Volunteer Service on Behalf of The Citizens of Port Washington” and has been awarded annually since 1969.  The 2009 Citizen of the Year was Leonard Wurzel, longtime Mayor of Sands Point.

The inspiring program included Community Chest Tributes and a presentation of the Citizen of the Year Obelisk (which is displayed at the Port Washington Public Library).  This was followed up with entertainment by Peter Pickow (music professional and son of folk legend Jean Ritchie), Community and School District tributes and the Presentations of Proclamations by Elected Officials.  The ceremony ended with a touching thank you from Rev’d Dr. Charles Vogeley (convener of the Port Washington Clergy Association).  Refreshments in the Atrium behind the Auditorium concluded the event.

What was apparent at the Ceremony was how grateful and touched the Clergy members were by this honor and by the presence of so many community members, friends, colleagues and elected officials.  Equally apparent, was how much they treasure each other-- their Clergy Colleagues.  “It is their mutual respect and care that is such an ideal model for our entire Port Washington Community.  It is in fact, why we at the Chest, felt that they were the perfect 2010 Citizen of the Year; an organization that emulates the Chest motto of “The People of Port Helping the People of Port,” stated Nancy Cowles, President of the Community Chest.

Elected Officials in attendance included Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman, Deputy County Executive Dr. Phillip Elliot, Town Clerk Leslie Gross, Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Town Councilman Fred Pollack and Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink.    Trustees of the Board of Education, Roy Nelson ,M.D. and Sandra Ehrlich were also present and gave their thanks to the Clergy on behalf of the entire Board of Education.  All spoke about the enormous contributions of the Clergy Association in fostering an increased understanding, tolerance, acceptance and respect for the diversity of the Port Washington community.

As Mayor of Sands Point, Leonard Wurzel so genuinely observed, “Port Washington is a caring community people love to live in.  We have become a real community through the auspices of our Clergy honorees, who teach us to respect, love and contribute.”