Annual Disability Awareness Awards to be Presented October 16


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The Resource Center

The achievements of people with disabilities and the efforts of those who support them will be showcased when The Resource Center holds its 29th annual Disability Awareness Awards Celebration on Monday, October 16.
The event will be held at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club, 433 East Terrace Avenue in Lakewood, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

This year’s award recipients are:

Advocate of the Year – Patrick Smeraldo of Jamestown

Business/Employer of the Year – Truck-Lite of Falconer

Bruce Walford Community Service Award – Forestville High School Band

Community Support Award – Evelyn Wright-Kegelmyer of Cassadaga

Excellence in Governance Award – TRC Foundation, Inc. board of directors

Health Provider of the Year – Dr. Adnan Munir of Lakewood

Lifetime Achievement Award – Gregory Peterson of Lakewood

Outstanding Achievement Award – Joshua Hughes of Dunkirk

Personal Success Award – David Shaw of Jamestown

Elmer J. Muench Volunteer of the Year – Tom Rhodes of Mayville
In addition, Phil Murvine of Jamestown will receive an award for being honored by New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. NYSID selected Murvine for recognition through its annual William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award Program.

Members of The Resource Center, people with disabilities, TRC staff, and the general public are invited to attend the Disability Awareness Awards Celebration. A sign language interpreter will be on hand.

The event is being sponsored by The Resource Center and NYSID. The cost to attend is $25. Appetizers and desserts will be served. Reservations are due by Monday, October 2. Online reservations can be made at For more information, phone 661-1477 or e-mail