NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) is accepting public nominations until March 15 for its 22nd Annual Awards Ceremony to be held on April 25 at The Eldred Preserve in Eldred, NY.
“These awards are intended to highlight and honor the events and achievements of the many individuals, organizations, and government agencies in the Upper Delaware River region,” said UDC Executive Director Bill Douglass. “We want the entire river community to be involved in the nomination process.”
Nine award 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 at the UDC’s website.
Nominations are sought for the following:
Distinguished Service Award – Given to that individual who 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 personal heroism, saved the life of a person or persons in imminent peril in 2009.
Community Service Award – Given to the individual, community, sportsmen’s or conservation group, or other entity that took action in 2009 to protect the river corridor, or one or more of its valuable resources.
Cultural Achievement Award – Given to the organization or individual whose work in 2009 promoted, enhanced, or interpreted the cultural resources of the Upper Delaware River Valley.
Recreation Achievement Award – Given to the organization that made an outstanding effort to educate river users about such subjects as water safety, conservation, litter control, river etiquette, and property rights in 2009.
Outstanding Community Achievement Award – Given to a municipality to recognize significant action in 2009 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 time and energy in 2009 to enhance or protect the river corridor.
Award(s) of Recognition – Given to those individuals who have made substantial efforts to improve the quality of life and conserve the resources of the Upper Delaware River Valley.
Nominations will be evaluated by a UDC subcommittee. The list of this year’s honorees will be announced in late March.
The Sunday, April 25, ceremony will take place in the banquet room at The Eldred Preserve, 1040 Rt. 55, Eldred. Festivities will begin at 3 p.m. with a reception offering hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. A buffet dinner featuring a roast beef carving station, stuffed turkey with gravy, and vegetable lasagna will be served at 4:00 p.m. A keynote address and the presentation of awards will follow.
Tickets are $26 per person. Reservations with advance payment are required by April 15.