Megan Hansen and Joshua Solomowitz were recognized by Greater Huntington Civic Group with a H.O.P.E. Award. HOPE stands for Huntington's Organizations, People & Places of Excellence. Megan & Josh were chosen for their work in the area of cancer research. The Greater Huntington Civic Group HOPE Award is bestowed upon an individual, organization or business that has displayed outstanding service to the community of the Township of Huntington, New York, and/or has, through good works or endeavors, enhanced the reputation or renown of the Township on a local, regional, national or international level. They recieved their award along with five others at the HOPE Award Gala held April 21, 2012.
Greater Huntington Civic Group Inc. President Steven Spucces announced today that seven distinguished Honorees have been selected by the Group’s Executive Committee as the very first recipients of the Greater H.O.P. E. Awards for outstanding service, good works or other charitable endeavors that reflect favorably on the Township of Huntington. H.O.P.E. stands for Huntington’s Organizations, People & Places of Excellence.
“We are pleased and proud to announce our first-ever honorees who have distinguished themselves by their service to the community,” said Mr. Spucces. “They represent what makes our Township great – people and organizations that have an unwavering dedication and commitment to serving the needs and interests of our unique and diverse community with an impact that, in some cases, reaches far beyond the Township’s borders.”
The Honorees are:
- James W. Polansky, Superintendent of Schools, School District #3, Huntington.
- Rev. Jerry Artis, U.S. Veteran and clergy leader who creates outreach programs for minority youth.
- Juli Coraor, Huntington High School senior who was named a semi-finalist in the National Intel Science Talent Search Contest.
- Marta Smith, a leader of the Latin Task Force and Clergy Task Force, which look to support revitalization efforts within the area’s Latin community.
- Alfred Sforza, D.D.S., lifelong Huntington resident and Township historian and author.
- Megan Hansen, Huntington High School junior who conducted breast cancer research in Boston and created a cancer-prevention program aimed at middle school students.
- Josh Solomowitz, Huntington High School junior who conducted breast cancer research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.