JOHNSTOWN-The Fulmont Community Action Agency's 47th annual dinner honored locals from Fulton and Montgomery counties for their work assisting the agency.
Denis Wilson, executive director of the agency, said the event featured awards for some volunteers, employee of the year, and people who have worked with Fulmont for several years.
"We also have the Anthony C. Buanno and John Boshart Action Awards we give out every year," Wilson said. "Those two awards are named after former board members, who are unfortunately no longer with us, and they are given each year to an individual or an organization who somehow helped us this year."
Fonda-Fultonville Middle School Counselor
Deborah Oertel and Student Council
President Alesha Heacock accept an award for the school district at the Fulmont
Community Action Agency’s 47th annual
At left, standing, from left, Mark Ford, Monique Simons and Melissa Schaufelberg are sworn in as members of the agency’s board.
The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District won the John Boshart Award for an expansion grant the district provided to expand the Head Start program, allowing more students to enter it. Also, the district's food drive has brought in more than 20,000 items in the last seven years. Middle School Student Counselor Deborah Oertel and outgoing Student Council President Alesha Heacock accepted the award.
The Gloversville Enlarged School District won the Anthony C. Buanno Award for its assistance helping the agency's Head Start programs operate in the district, as well as providing classrooms, office space and allowing agency staff to run the programs. Assistant Superintendent Steve Schloicka thanked Wilson for the award.
New members of the agency's Board of Directors also were sworn in by Montgomery County Family Judge Philip Cortese, with Melissa Schaufelberg, Monique Simons and Mark Ford taking the roles of board chairwoman, vice-chairwoman and secretary, respectively. Jack Wilson, former board secretary and current board member, offered his congratulations and said they left them a "turnkey operation that stood the test of time."
Awards were also given out to honor longtime employees of the agency. Neil Klena, Katrina Maas, and Joanne Gunnison-Myers received plaques for their 10 years of service to the agency. Shirley Nellis and Dawn Garti, who have served the agency for more than 25 years, were lauded for their service to the community.
Peter Hansen, who has reached 30 years of service, received letters from state Sen. Hugh Farley, plaques and awards.
A common theme for Monday night's event was the importance of the agency and the work that it does.
"We run a number of programs for the low-income community," Wilson said.
Marcos Vigil, New York state's Deputy Secretary of State, spoke about how important these services are, stating that Fulmont provides services and assistance the state or federal government cannot.
"The amount of [support] and dedication from members of the community, [who] we see pulling together during these tough economic times, is really inspiring," Vigil said.