NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) is accepting public nominations through March 15 for its 29th Annual Awards Ceremony to be held on April 23 at Central House Family Resort in Beach Lake, PA.
“These awards are intended to honor the contributions that individuals, organizations, communities, and government agencies have made to enhancing the quality of life or protecting the resources in the Upper Delaware River region,” said UDC Executive Director Laurie Ramie. “We would like the entire river community to be involved in the nomination process.”
Nine categories are available, in addition to the Oaken Gavel Award traditionally given by the Council to the past year’s chairperson. Nomination forms and a list of past award recipients are available on-line at www.upperdelawarecouncil.org or upon request.
The Sunday, April 23, ceremony will take place at the Carriage House facility of Central House Family Resort located at 81 Milanville Road in Beach Lake. The keynote speaker will be U.S. Representative John J. Faso (NY-19).
Festivities will begin at 3 p.m. with an hors d’oeuvres and cash bar reception. A buffet dinner will be served at 4 p.m. The keynote address and the presentation of awards will follow.
The public is welcome. Tickets are $27. Reservations with advance payment are required by April 14.
Nominations are sought for the following award categories:
Distinguished Service Award – Given to an individual who has acted with distinction in support of the goals and objectives of the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River. This is the UDC’s highest honor.
Robin M. Daniels Memorial Lifesaving Award – Given to individual(s) who, through an act of selfless heroism, saved the life of a person or persons in imminent peril in 2016.
Community Service Award – Given to the individual, community, sportsmen’s or conservation group, or other entity that took action in 2016 to protect the river corridor, or one or more of its valuable resources.
Cultural Achievement Award – Given to the organization or individual whose work promoted, enhanced, or interpreted the cultural resources of the Upper Delaware River Valley.
Recreation Achievement Award – Given to an organization or individual that made an outstanding effort to educate river users about such subjects as water safety, conservation, litter control, river etiquette, and property rights.
Outstanding Community Achievement Award – Given to a municipality to recognize significant action in 2016 to protect the river corridor.
Partnership Award – Given to a government agency or regional entity instituting new programs or policies, or engaging in cooperative ventures, in support of the River Management Plan.
Volunteer Award – Given to the individual or organization who contributed significant time and energy in 2016 in service of the Upper Delaware River Valley.
Award(s) of Recognition – Given to those who have made substantial efforts in the past year to improve the Upper Delaware’s quality of life and resources.
Nominations will be evaluated by a UDC subcommittee. The list of this year’s honorees will be announced in late March.
For more information on nominations and reservations, please contact the UDC at P.O. Box 192, 211 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764, phone (845) 252-3022, fax (845) 252-3359, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.