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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Debaun, Garrity named ‘Women of Distinction’
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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.

At that time, Kiwanis would not accept female members, so Edyth and Joe established an organization for women who desired to serve in a parallel capacity to their husbands. To this day, Edyth remains an active member, having served in numerous positions in the organization, concentrating primarily on scholarships for high school seniors and local fundraising. This initial involvement thrust Edyth forward, allowing her to expand her community service to a wide range of organizations, including Oceanside Community Service, Oceanside District Scholarship Committee, American Field Service and the American Red Cross. Edyth has also been active in organizations such as the Interfaith Nutritional Network, American Camping Association and the Long Island Day Camp Association, of which she was a founding member.

For all she has done for the surrounding communities, Edyth has been honored with the Kiwanis Heart of Gold, named Kiwanis “Mother of the Year”, recognized as a Hewlett-Woodmere Alumni Hall of Famer, named Oceanside Board of Trade Citizen of the Year, and received the Town of Hempstead Pathfinder Award as Outstanding Humanitarian.

Of all Edyth’s involvements, none are more important than her family of 4 children, 11 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren.

Kimberly Garrity

A Wharton School graduate, Kimberly Garrity was well into her career when she began the next phase of her life as mother to two daughters, Paige and Courtney.

Today, Kim is a Nassau Police Communications Operator, known as a 911 dispatcher, and holds a second part-time job as a medical office manager.

Born and raised in Oceanside, Kim is an active force in her community, serving on the Oceanside School Board for 17 years in the capacities of president, vice president and board liaison to the Committee on Special Education, Buildings and Grounds, Public Relations and Department of Community Activities.

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