Celebration of Stars

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Celebration of Stars

Celebration of Stars celebrates and honors nine individuals and organizations working in Dutchess County working to make our community a more equitable and inclusive space for all. You can be a part of our mission to drive this work forward by celebrating with us and honor them for their incredible work by purchasing a ticket for this event, or by sponsoring the cost of an individual supported by the agency to attend the event. 

This years honorees are:

The Harney Family, Harney & Sons Fine Teas: The Bessie Payne Humanitarian Award

Ellen Gambino, Dutchess County Community College: The Peggy Martinko Award

*Rachel Lafreniere, Wappingers Central School District: The Katz Award

*Katherine Seckler, Brookmeade Community: The Sarah Studler "Smile" Award

Brian Gelb, The Arc of Dutchess: The Mimi Stambrook Award

*Alma Gibson, The Arc of Dutchess: The Rising Star Award

*Jadelyn Panko: The Kenny Dixon "Spirit" Award

*Matt & Lynn MacDonald: The Frank Pessia Award

The Inaugural "Supernova Award": Winner to be announced at the event!

(*each of these awards are available for sponsorship). 

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Thursday September 26th
5:30 pm
Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, USA


Meet the first of our 2019 Celebration of Stars honorees, Jadelyn Panko, the recipient of this year's Kenny Dixon Award.

Jadelyn is an 18-year-old who has been living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) a rare degenerative disease that robs her ability to sit on her own, stand and walk and affects her immune and respiratory system. Despite all of the obstacles she has faced, she is a warrior and inspires all around her. She can brighten up a room with her smile, sass, and poise.

Learn more about her here:

Posted by Dutchess Arc Foundation Inc