On a serious note, DeWitt commended the four award winners as shining examples of community members dedicated to making a difference. “You see four people here tonight who represent the finest in our town and our community,” he said.
As Werner accepted the award and a painting of the lake, he was surprised by “Milford the milfoil” a costumed visitor who Werner greeted with a hug.
Werner thanked the Skaneateles Foundation for the award and said that there are a lot of other great volunteer efforts in the community that deserve recognition too.
“We have a lot of wonderful candidates out there that deserve this kind of an award, so I really am happy that they are doing it, it’s a wonderful idea,” he said.
Werner named many of the other volunteers with the Lake Association and milfoil efforts whose contributions have also been important to the success story of Skaneateles Lake as deserving recognition. He also thanked his wife of 55 years, Jo.
New this year, the committee also awarded three residents the “Heart and Soul” award also in recognition of service to the community. The inaugural winners were Julie Sharpe, Robin Hess-Rulli and Marian Marchand.
Sharpe was recognized for her compassion in the community including doing good deeds such as cooking meals and helping to take care of people who are sick or aging.
Hess-Rulli was recognized for providing 400 gift baskets for families in need to local outreach organizations each Christmas for the past 10 years.
Marchand has been an active volunteer for more than 50 years in groups such as the firemen’s auxiliary.
All four winners had boxes put out collecting donations to a charity of their choosing. Werner chose the Skaneateles Lake Association, Sharpe chose the Stella Maris Retreat Center, Hess-Rulli chose Skaneateles Outreach and Marchand chose the Skaneateles Firemen’s Auxillary.
Executive Director Sue Dove announced that the foundation had made a $250 donation to the lake association and $100 each to the other three charities.
Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.