Rebuilding Together Dutchess County Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Press Release - November 2, 2012

Supporters and community members gathered at the Links at Union Vale on Thursday, November 1, 2012 to celebrate Rebuilding Together Dutchess County's 20 years of returning homeowners in the community to a warm, safe, and dry environment through no-cost home repairs. Since the organization's founding in 1992 as Christmas in April Dutchess County, over 400 homes have been repaired at a market value of over $4 million. The mission has been accomplished thanks to over 12,000 volunteers and 100,000 volunteer hours and the support of local government partners, businesses and individuals. A cocktail reception was followed by a program including speeches from Rebuilding Together Dutchess County's founding board member Ronald Stein, homeowner Ann Nagy, and award recipients.

Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC) recognizes outstanding volunteers annually in three categories. The Ron Stein Volunteer of the Year Award is named for the organization's founder and is awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the organization through their volunteer service. The Tradesperson of Year recognizes a person who has provided a high level of support or activity to the organization through their trade or special skill. Finally, the RTDC Board Special Recognition Award recognizes a person who has provided service that has gone above and beyond the general level of expectation for such a volunteer. This year's award recipients included occupational therapist Darlene Bates of Elant, Inc., 2012 Ron Stein Volunteer of the Year, contractor Christian Meyer of Meyer Contracting Corporation, Tradesperson of the Year, and past board member Linda Byster Hogan, RTDC Special Recognition Award for her 20 years of service to RTDC.

"It was fantastic to see so many past and present volunteers and partners celebrating our twenty years together," said Executive Director Christina Boryk. "We are so fortunate to have such great support from the community, and we look forward to the next twenty years!"