MARLBORO – Mayor Jonathan Hornik and the Recreation and Swim Advisory Board recently honored residents who are volunteers for Marlboro Recreation sports programs as members of advisory boards, parent boards and coaches.
More than 50 volunteers, members of the Township Council and recreation staff attended the event held at the Fireside Grill. Adam Dictrow, chair of the Recreation and Swim Advisory Committee, was master of ceremonies, according to a press release.
Dictrow presented the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award to Adam Dates, who is the president of Marlboro Basketball.
“When discussing potential award recipients for our inaugural event, one name kept coming up,” Dictrow said. “These are some of the phrases used to describe this honoree – ‘he has no children in the program, yet continues to serve,’ ‘he just gets it’, he works so hard’ and ‘he listens to all opinions.’ It is very clear that (Dates) is deeply respected by many.”
Hornik presented Recreation Service Awards to Deputy Mayor Larry Rosen and Gordon Loeb for their service as Teen Advisory Committee (TAC) adult facilitators and to Eric Cohen, the past chair of the Recreation and Swim Committee, thanking him for his years of service to the community.
Hornik then acknowledged and thanked the mayoral appointed members of the Recreation and Swim subcommittee and presented each individual with a Town Challenge Coin, according to the press release.
“This volunteer appreciation event is long overdue to acknowledge the multitude of volunteers who make our programs possible,” Recreation Director Ted Ernst said. “Without their support, we could not provide the quality programs we do for the community.
“I want to thank recreation staff member Suzi Leifer, who worked tirelessly with event chair Andy Bernstein to make this event possible. Corporate sponsors are invaluable. In particular, many thanks to Whole Foods Market of Marlboro, a community partner in almost everything we do.”
Recreation service awards were presented to each of the recreation sports. Bethanne Augsbach, chair of the Marlboro Swim Club subcommittee, awarded Lisa Ingwer for her service on the Marlins swim team board. SCOPE President Donna Riopel presented the award to Michael Alekshun. Dates awarded Harry Heitner for his service and soccer president Brad Shapiro presented the volunteer award to Pedro Ramos.
“The Marlboro recreation and swim programs take place throughout the year,” Hornik said. “Our recreation staff is stellar, but they could not do it without the assistance of the volunteers who give countless hours of their time as board members, coaches and team administrators.
“It is an honor, and well past time, that we come together to formally appreciate and acknowledge the Marlboro recreation volunteers. I know the value that the volunteers bring to this town and I thank every one of them who takes time away from their families and work to make Marlboro the great place it is to live and raise a family.”