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Thursday, October 17, 2002

Sykes Award Ceremony to Honor 10 Atlantic County Residents

Ten Atlantic County residents with disabilities will be honored for their contributions to their communities at the 14th annual Donald J. Sykes Award Ceremony on Friday, October 25 at 11:30 AM at the Absecon United Methodist Church, 100 Pitney Road.

The awards program was established by the county in 1989 to recognize outstanding individuals who help dispel the myths that typically surround individuals with disabilities. A ceremony is held each October during Disability Awareness Month.

This year's honorees include: Scott Cannon of Ventnor, Marge Disbrow of Mays Landing, Glenn R. Haines of Atlantic City, Dennis Larned of Somers Point, Alice McGowan of Egg Harbor Township, John Miller of Egg Harbor Township, Thomas J. (TJ) Neil of Hammonton, Matthew Silva of Mays Landing, Lauren B. Silvestro of Mays Landing and Kevin J. Spears of Atlantic City.

"Not only have our honorees met the challenges related to their disabilities, but they have contributed to the betterment of our community. They are truly an inspiration to all of us," stated County Executive Dennis Levinson. "I am proud to honor their abilities and acknowledge their accomplishments."

The ceremony will also feature guest speaker Doug Heir, a distinguished attorney, an Olympic wheelchair champion and one of the world's most decorated athletes. Paralyzed since he was 18 years old, Heir has overcome many obstacles to attain success. He serves as president of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association and is dedicated to helping others be the best they can be.

For more information, please contact Kathleen Quish, Atlantic County Office for the Disabled, at (609) 645-7700, ext. 4519.

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