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June 19th, 2013

OC Office for the Aging honors Foglia, Vavricka

GOSHEN - Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana and Office for the Aging (OFA) Director Ann Marie Maglione are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Orange County Senior Awards. Middletown resident Glenice Foglia was named Senior Citizen of the Year and Dolores (Dee) Vavricka was recognized for Outstanding Contribution by a Senior. The pair was recognized by Director Maglione, County Executive Diana, and Chairman of the Orange County Legislature, Michael Pillmeier, at the June meeting of the legislature.

"Glenice and Dee are two super seniors," said Diana. "They go above and beyond to help those in need in our community. Their commitment to giving back should serve as an example to people of all ages. They help make Orange County the great place it is to live, work, and raise family," Diana added. "It’s my privilege to congratulate them on behalf of the people of Orange County."

Among her many community service efforts, Glenice volunteers with Jewish Family Service’s Friendly Visitor program and the Middletown Lions Club. As a Friendly Visitor, Glenice has logged more than 1,300 hours of service transporting older adults and adults with disabilities to medical and other appointments, and to purchase groceries. Glenice initiated and chairs the Middletown Lions’ Action reading program which provides volunteers to read to children and is currently seeking funding to purchase books for the program. She also serves as chair of the Weekend Backpack Program, and oversees the packing of 45 backpacks for food-insecure elementary students each week. She identifies children in need of this support, orders the food, supervises volunteers, and delivers the backpacks to the schools each week.

Dee has been a dedicated volunteer with Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties since the organization was first established in the County 25 years ago and is their longest serving volunteer. As a support person for patients and families at the end of life, Dee undertakes one of the most difficult of all Hospice volunteer duties. She has also served at her church’s food pantry each month for 15 years distributing food to more than 100 families in need and takes time to visit nursing home residents who do not receive regular visitors.

"The energy and dedication these two ladies share with the residents of Orange County have raised the quality of life for a broad spectrum of our population," said Director Maglione. "They generously share their time, talent, and treasure with young and old to ensure that those in need receive care and support – from a full belly to a caring heart at a difficult time. We appreciate all that they do to make a difference for others in our community," Maglione continued.

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