Volunteers Honored for Outstanding Service Across NENY Region

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"Volunteers are the power and the passion behind the American Red Cross."

Volunteers are the power and the passion behind the American Red Cross, making up more than 90% of our organization's workforce. Throughout the month of June, each of the four Chapters in the Northeastern New York Region held an Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Event to celebrate the exceptional dedication and compassion of all those who generously donate their time in service to others as Red Cross volunteers. 

Three dozen of the more than 2,500 volunteers registered with the Red Cross throughout the Northeastern New York Region were honored with special awards at their Chapters’ respective events.

At the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter event, held June 3 at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie:

Paul Paradiso of Staatsburg and Helene West of Poughkeepsie were recognized for forty and forty-five years of service to the organization, respectively.
James Crowley of Woodstock and Diane Mueller of Saugerties received Special Citations for Exceptional Volunteer Service.
Alyssa Flanagan, a student at SUNY New Paltz, was recognized as an Exceptional Youth Volunteer. 
Joyce Portella of Wappingers Falls received the New Volunteer Achievement Award.
Stephen Smith of Wappingers Falls and Brian Sullivan of Stoneridge were named Exceptional Volunteers for Volunteer & Community Services.

The American Red Cross of the Mid-Hudson Valley also recognized Kingston teacher Darla Roman-Green with the Lifesaving Award-Certificate of Merit. Roman-Green is credited with saving the life of a first-grader at Harry L. Edson Elementary School last November, using the same basic lifesaving techniques she has taught others in Red Cross classes for 38 years.

At the Northeastern New York Chapter event, held June 10 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy:

Mary Beth Sonne of Loudonville was recognized as the Regional Volunteer of the Year.
Patrick Loucy of Norwich received the J. Spencer Standish Award for Exceptional Service.
Albert Cahill, formerly of Latham, was posthumously awarded the Lillian Weiler Lifetime Service Award. 
Alina Hegedus, a student at SUNY Albany, and Helene Rached, a student at Siena College, were honored as Exceptional Youth Volunteers.
George Davidson of Schenectady received the James H. Carnahan Safety Service Award.
Jeanette Gottlieb of Albany received the James Kane Second Career Award.
Diane Bristol of Schenectady received the New Volunteer Achievement Award.
Alan Hodges of Cohoes, Patricia Moore of Amsterdam and Garrett Ost of Watervliet were presented special citations for exceptional service as Disaster Cycle Services volunteers.
Dorothy "Dotty" Haines of Clifton Park received the Walter W. Wilsnack Award as an exceptional volunteer for Disaster Cycle Services.
Anna Parrot of Delmar received the Esther Hoffman Award as an exceptional volunteer for Volunteer & Community Services.
Jerry Jensen, representing Stratton VA Medical Center, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NY-Penn Region Bio-Medical Services division for sponsoring blood drives for 24 years and collecting more than 10,000 units of blood.
National Grid was recognized with the Gift of Giving award for having made outstanding gifts to the American Red Cross in the last year.
CDPHP and State Farm were recognized with Good Neighbor awards for demonstrating significant humanitarian contributions to the local community in support of the Red Cross.

At the Adirondack-Saratoga Chapter event, held June 17 at the Great Escape Alpine Fest Haus in Queensbury:

Patricia Arno of Saratoga Springs received the Clara Barton Award for meritorious service in multiple leadership roles.
Regional Radio Group (the home of WCKM 98.5, WCQL Hits 95.9, and WWSC Talk 1450) was presented with the Philly Dake Humanitarian Award. 
Javier Rodriguez of Saratoga Springs received the New Volunteer Achievement Award.
Cindy and Don Hatin of Glens Falls were recognized as Exceptional Volunteers for Preparedness, Health & Safety Services.
Larry Kovarovic of Saratoga Springs was recognized as an Exceptional Volunteer for Financial Development.
Joy Neuman of Hudson Falls received a Letter of Commendation for her work with the Open Door Shelter in Glens Falls.
The St. Patrick's Knights of Columbus from Cambridge were recognized with an award from the NY-Penn Region Bio-Medical Services division.

At the North Country Chapter event, held June 24 at the Naked Turtle in Plattsburgh:

Bob Robare of Morrisonville received the Clara Barton Award for meritorious service in multiple leadership roles.
Tracey Tavano of Peru received the Disaster Preparedness and Response Volunteer Award.
Joan Dominy of Plattsburgh was recognized as an Exceptional Volunteer for Adminstration.
Bridgette Arthur of Plattsburgh received the Preparedness, Health and Safety Volunteer Award.
Gary Amell of Chazy and Tony Pierino of Chateaugay received awards for New Volunteer Achievement.
Barbara Davis of Plattsburgh was presented with a Letter of Commendation for her work with Red Cross Health Services in Washington State following the Oso mudslide.  

The North Country Chapter also recognized 16-year-old Riley Baughn of Saranac as a 2014 Lifesaving Hero. Baughn was eating lunch at Saranac High School last December when he realized that a fellow student appeared to be choking, and he took swift action to save the student’s life.

Each Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition Event also served to highlight local volunteers whose service to the Red Cross spans 20 years or more. Most notably, Albert Cahill from the Northeastern New York Chapter was posthumously recognized for 70 years of volunteer service with the organization.

Additional highlights and photos from all four events can be found on Facebook. Click the highlighted links above to visit each Chapter’s Facebook page.