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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Debaun, Garrity named ‘Women of Distinction’
By Emily Webb
courtesy of Assemblyman Brian Curran
Assemblyman Brian Curran hosted his annual Women of Distinction luncheon last week. Back row from left, were Kimberly Garrity, Kim McNally, Heather Senti, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Santino, Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Assemblyman Curran, Sister Ruthanne Gypalo, Krista Testani, Claudia Rotondo and Suzanne Sullivan. Seated, from left, were Jane Grogan, Barbara Barnhart, Carmen Pineyro, Collette Carrion, Edyth Debaun, Shiela Norris and Marie-Antoinette Vitelli.

In recognizing the altruistic and professional strides that women have contributed to local communities, Assemblyman Brian Curran officially joined fellow elected officials county supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Anthony Santino, in honoring 14 female volunteers from across Nassau County for their dedication to service at his third annual Women of Distinction ceremony at Lynbrook Library on Sept. 7.

“I am proud to be able to honor these extraordinary women, whose achievements and dedication have improved the quality of life in our community,” Assemblyman Curran said. “We are very lucky to have these women as our friends and neighbors.”

Among the two-dozen honorees at this year’s ceremony were Sheila Norris and Marie-Antoinette Vitelli of Malverne; Lakeview Fire Chief Heather Senti of West Hempstead; Barbara Barnhart and Jane Grogan of Lynbrook; Collette Carrion and Claudia Rotondo of Baldwin; Edyth DeBaun and Suzanne Sullivan of Rockville Centre; Kimberly Garrity of Oceanside; Sister Ruthanne Gypalo of East Rockaway; Kim McNally of South Hempstead; Carmen Pineyro of Freeport and Krista Testani of Franklin Square. These women were all escorted by members of several local Girl Scout troops to receive their certificates of recognition.

Edyth Debaun

In 1949, Edyth Debaun, in partnership with her husband Joseph, commenced a legacy providing generations of children with memories of “Camp DeBaun”. Edyth also pursued her passion for serving her community of Oceanside by co-founding Kiwanettes with her husband in 1955.

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