Resolution J887-2013

Honoring Chris and Kathy McCann of Locust Valley, New York, upon the occasion of their designation as recipients of the Community Champions Award

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  • Mar 19, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 19, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 15, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Chris and Kathy McCann of Locust Valley,
New  York,  upon  the occasion of their designation as recipients of the
Community Champions Award by PeerPals.org

WHEREAS, Individuals who give of their time and energies and  serve  the
best interests of their communities are an asset beyond remuneration and
cannot be sufficiently extolled; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this Legislative Body to acknowledge
outstanding individuals whose professional lives, personal endeavors and
community service are an example and inspiration  to  their  colleagues,
friends, and family; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body  is  justly  proud  to  honor
Chris  and Kathy McCann of Locust Valley, New York, upon the occasion of
their designation as recipients of  the  Community  Champions  Award  by
PeerPals.org;  this  auspicious occasion will be celebrated at the Third
Annual Planting Seeds of Community Dinner, to be held at the Fox  Hollow
in Woodbury, New York, on Thursday, April 11, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  PeerPals.org  is  a not-for-profit organization dedicated to
building communities of inclusion for children with disabilities as they
enter kindergarten; it matches preschool age children with  disabilities
with  typically  developing children in their communities for one on one
play dates; and
  WHEREAS, PeerPals.org also holds group play dates  in  developmentally
appropriate  settings;  these play dates are supervised by professionals
in the field of special education; and
  WHEREAS, The PeerPals.org model gives each child with a disability the
opportunity to enter kindergarten with at least one  friendship  with  a
typically  developing  peer;  its goal is to duplicate and implement the
PeerPals.org model nationwide; and
  WHEREAS, Chris and Kathy McCann of Locust Valley, New York,  are  both
graduates of Marist College; they are being honored for their service to
the community and for their dedication to the PeerPals.org mission; and
  WHEREAS,  Chris McCann is President of 1-800-Flowers.com and serves on
the Board of Trustees of Marist College; he has been a basketball  Coach
for  CYO  and is a dedicated fundraiser for and supporter of IGHT (Inde-
pendent Group Home Living, Inc.); and
  WHEREAS, After graduating from Marist College with a Bachelor's degree
in Social Work, Kathy McCann pursued a career working with the  develop-
mentally  disabled;  she  has served the community as a Boy Scout leader
and Girl Scout leader; she is also  a  member  of  the  Parent  Steering
Committee  at  The  College of William and Mary, and an active member of
the Parent Council at Friends Academy; and
  WHEREAS, Chris and Kathy McCann are the proud parents of  three  chil-
dren; and
  WHEREAS,  Volunteerism  is  an  essential element of all societies; it
provides a way in which the human values of community, caring and  serv-
ing can be sustained and strengthened; and
  WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual  for  the  benefit  of  others  which  Chris  and  Kathy McCann have
displayed throughout their lives; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Chris and Kathy McCann of Locust Valley, New York, upon the occa-
sion of their designation as recipients of the Community Champions Award
by PeerPals.org; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Chris and Kathy McCann.

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