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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Atlantic County Honors Outstanding Individuals with Disabilities on October 16

Three Atlantic County residents will be recognized for their outstanding achievements and contributions to our community at the 26th annual Donald J. Sykes Awards ceremony on Thursday, October 16 at noon at the Mays Landing Golf and Country Club, 1855 Cates Road, Hamilton Township.

Each October the county celebrates Disability Awareness Month with the presentation of awards to individuals with disabilities who were nominated by area organizations, family or friends for their positive attitudes, personal accomplishments and their success in enriching the lives of others. The ceremony is presented as a cooperative effort of the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services and the Atlantic County Disability Advisory Board.

Established by the county in 1989, the ceremony was later named in memory of Donald J. Sykes, a longtime community advocate and former chairman of the county’s Disabled Citizens Advisory Board.

This year’s honorees include: Rita Busch of Sweetwater, nominated by Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation; Lynne Kenny of Mays Landing, nominated by the John D. Young Memorial Lions Blind Center; and Ellen Moskowitz of Mays Landing, nominated by the Arc of Atlantic County.

FACES 4 Autism and Heart of Surfing will also be honored as recipients of the partners in Community Access Award.

For more information about the Donald J. Sykes Awards ceremony, contact 609-645-7700 ext 4519. Reserved seating only. For information on services, contact the Atlantic County Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) at 1-888-426-9243.

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