Congratulations to Arlene Donovan, Dorothy Liquori, Terry Ferrara and Connie Cacciamani!
These hard-working, dedicated volunteers were honored this month for their service to the Society (as well as other not-for-profit organizations). They embody the definition of volunteerism – as well as its spirit – a synergy of compassion, generosity, and plain old elbow grease, and consistently act “above and beyond” to serve our community.
Arlene Donovan, a member of our Women’s Guild since 1971, received the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Cross Road Foundation, at the group’s Garden of Life Brunch on June 5.
In 1992, Arlene was named as the inaugural recipient of the Women’s Guild Dorothy M. Kammer Volunteer Service Award. During her 45 years as a Guild member, she has served as president, chaired numerous committees, hosted meetings in her home, participated in and chaired activities for and with the special-needs children we serve, and generously supported the Guild’s mission as the Society’s fundraising arm.
A native Islander and graduate of St. Joseph Hill Academy, Arlene attended Fordham University while working as an executive secretary. She has an established career as an artist, showing her work at numerous art exhibitions.
Arlene has volunteered for Cross Road for more than 20 years, serving as an advisor, chairing the Fashion Show and assisting at the yearly Christmas party for mothers and children.
Dorothy Liquori, a member of the Women’s Guild and a volunteer at our Great Kills Thrift Shop, will receive a special Service Award from RSVP/SERVE at their Tribute Day Volunteer Recognition Breakfast on June 17.
A resident of New Springville, Dorothy is a retired elementary school teacher and former special education reading teacher. She has given thousands of hours of service to support children with special needs, as a partner and leader in her volunteer work for the Society, as well as for other charitable groups.
She has worked as the Guild’s Publicity chair, hosted meetings at her home, leads and participates in a myriad of activities carried out by the Guild. She has also coordinated the annual Knights of Columbus “All-You-Can-Eat” Breakfast that benefits the SIMHS, and currently serves as president of the Fr. Drumgoole Council Columbiettes.
At the Great Kills Thrift Shop, where Dorothy has been volunteering weekly for three years, she has also taken on responsibilities that require generous amounts of time and boundless energy.
Terry Ferrara and Connie Cacciamani will receive RSVP’s “Bridging the Years” Award for their more than 20 years of volunteer service as members of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Both Terry and Connie are tireless and resourceful workers at the Great Kills Thrift Shop. Connie has been a volunteer at the shop for 19 years; Terry, who has worked at the shop since 2009, formerly served as its manager. With their fellow staff members, they oversee donations, lend a helping hand to customers, and do the hundreds of tasks necessary to keep our “bargain boutique” running smoothly and earning funds to add to the Society’s coffers.