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  • Seeking Stars: The Arc of Dutchess Accepting Nominations for “Celebration Of Stars” Awards




    The search is on for local change-makers who dedicate their time, effort and skills to improving the lives of people with disabilities. The Arc of Dutchess, which serves nearly 1,000 people with disabilities in Dutchess County each year, is now accepting nominations for the 2020 “Celebration of Stars” awards. The ceremony, which will be held virtually this year in order to protect the safety and health of all, recognizes those who work to create a more inclusive tomorrow for everyone that calls Dutchess County home. The public is encouraged to submit short form nominations of deserving people via the following link: https://arcdutchess.org/2020-celebration-of-stars-award-nominations/

    “This year has brought about many changes for our agency and for our community,” said Crys McCuin, executive director of The Arc of Dutchess. “Together, we have faced challenges we could’ve never predicted, and in doing so, we’ve seen the best of one another. Now more than ever, we are excited to highlight the individuals who lend their names to these awards that make up Celebration of Stars alongside the individuals that are living that legacy today.” 

    Nine award-worthy individuals and/or organizations will be honored in the following categories: the Sarah Studler Award, to a young professional who demonstrates boundless energy, optimism and generosity; the Peggy Martinko Award, to a trailblazer; the Kenny Dixon Award, to an individual with disabilities who perseveres through life’s challenges with grace, dignity and strength; the Katz Award, to a selfless pioneer; the Frank Pessia Award, to an impassioned parent; the Mimi Stambrook Award, to a noble ally; the Bessie Payne Award, to a humanitarian legend; the Rising Star Award, to an employee of The Arc of Dutchess that demonstrates empowerment of supported individuals; and the Supernova Award, to an individual selected by our agency that’s life work is a testament to the mission, values, and history of The Arc of Dutchess.  

    Nominations can be submitted online through the organization’s website from now through September 11 and will be reviewed by an ad hoc committee comprised of board members, staff, and community members. The digital event will take place on The Arc of Dutchess’ Facebook and Instagram channels, and celebrated in newsletters and mailings, beginning on September 21. 

    About The Arc of Dutchess 

    The Arc of Dutchess, a chapter of The Arc New York (formerly NYSARC), is one of Dutchess County’s largest nonprofit organizations devoted to respecting and supporting what matters to people of all abilities. Located in Poughkeepsie, NY, the organization serves nearly 1,000 people with disabilities and their families through clinical therapies and habilitation programs, along with vital services related to guardianship and employment supports, residential support, respite and other family resources, student and parent assistance in the transition from school to adulthood, recreation, and youth programs. For more information, please visit www.arcdutchess.org, or visit our pages on Facebook and Instagram. 


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