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November 7th, 2012

‘Pillars of the Community’ honored for service



Honorees Andy and Margaret Stahl (Outstanding community Service), Tom and Janet Sullivan (Lifetime Achievement), GHVFHC CEO Linda Muller and Elise Gold, Executive Director Jewish Family Service of Orange County (Outstanding Community Service) at the 13th Annual Pillars of the Community Gala. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.

NEW WINDSOR – The 13th Annual Pillars of the Community Awards Gala was held last Saturday at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. The annual event benefits the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center (GHVFHC) in Newburgh, NY.

Linda Muller, President and CEO of the GHVFHC has witnessed firsthand what transformation looks like. "I see it every day at our health center," said Muller. "The Kaplan Family Pavilion has provided us a platform to grow and fundamentally transform the way we operate. We have been recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home Level 3, opened the new Lipman Family Dental Center and have fully integrated out electronic health system throughout the organization."

On Saturday, however, the focus was on recognizing the pillars of the community.

"Each year we celebrate the transformative work that people, families and organizations in our community are doing. This year is no different," stated Muller.

Muller made the formal presentations to each of the honorees along with Chairman of the Board Charles Milich.

Accepting the Pillar for Lifetime Achievement were Tom and Janet Sullivan who for the past 36 years have lived a life of service to others and their community.

Community Service Pillars, Andy and Margaret Stahl, have not only transformed their business over the last decade but have taken a leadership role in charitable causes transforming their lives and others through their work in the community.

Jewish Family Service received the Pillar for Outstanding Community Service. From its humble roots as a volunteer-only organization, JFS has grown to serve thousands of people annually. They work every day with human service organizations who embrace the core mission that we cannot be a healthy community without care for the most vulnerable.

"I believe the cornerstones of a strong and vibrant community are the people who take personal responsibility for that community quality of life," stated Milich.

Muller concluded by thanking everyone for "supporting our community health center and its mission to bring affordable, accessible, and the highest quality health care to everyone in our community."



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