Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Eight Atlantic County residents will be recognized for their outstanding achievements and contributions to our community at the 31st annual Donald J. Sykes Awards ceremony on Thursday, October 24 at 11:30 AM at the Atlantic City Country Club, 1 Leo Fraser Drive, Northfield.
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.
“It is our responsibility as a community to help people with disabilities enjoy the lives they deserve. These honorees are shining examples of all that is possible,” County Executive Dennis Levinson said. “We applaud their achievements and remarkable abilities to meet and overcome life’s challenges. They encourage us to appreciate our similarities as well as our differences.”
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:
Stanley Adams of Galloway, Izabella Bernard and John Jeffries of Mays Landing, Alex Corson of Somers Point, Pat Gardella of Buena, Justin Hlifka of Egg Harbor Township, Jason Kuharik of Absecon, and Nadira Morgan of Atlantic City.
For more information about the Donald J. Sykes Awards ceremony, contact 609-645-7700 ext. 4386. (TTY, please use 711) Reserved seating only.
For information on services, contact the Atlantic County Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) at 1-888-426-9243.