Town Honors 11 Extraordinary Women At Annual Pathfinder Awards Ceremony

Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen

(MERRICK, NY) March 29, 2018 - Supervisor Laura Gillen and Clerk Sylvia Cabana honored 11 women who live and work in the Town of Hempstead for their outstanding contributions to the community at the town’s annual Pathfinder Awards ceremony.

Hempstead Town’s Annual Pathfinder Awards Ceremony, which takes place during Women’s History Month, celebrates the victories and profound contributions of women in a variety of roles.

“We come together to celebrate and pay tribute to those who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to improve the community and the lives of others,” said Supervisor Laura Gillen. “As women, we all have special challenges as we set forth to try and make the world a better place.”

Honorees were chosen was from 6 different categories, including: Community Service, Education, Health Services, Humanitarian, High School Senior, and Town of Hempstead employee.

This year, the Pathfinder of the Year award was bestowed upon Village of Malverne Mayor Patricia Ann McDonald.

“Patti is a beacon of faith and a testament to all that is right,” said Gillen, noting the Mayor’s work preaching faith and forgiveness with her late husband, NYPD Detective, Steven McDonald. “She has led and continues to lead an exemplary life.”

Other honorees included Joan Hugues, Vera Fludd and Millie Jones for community service, Allison Ruffrano for Education, Eileen Mahler for health services, along with Rene Klein in the humanitarian category, Heidi Felix in the volunteer category, Ashley Cegelski in the high school senior category and Joan Cusumano in the Town of Hempstead employee category.

“Hempstead Town is proud to celebrate the valuable contributions made by these women who make up the lifeblood of our community,” said Gillen. “They not only make our communities a better place, but are inspirations for future generations and leaders.”