Resolution K164-2011

Commending McKenna Heffner on her designation as a Distinguished Finalist in the 16th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program

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  • Mar 1, 2011: adopted

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending McKenna Heffner, of Corning, New York,
upon  the occasion of her designation as a Distinguished Finalist in the
16th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to act, in accord with
its long-standing traditions, honoring the youth of today,  and  leaders
of  tomorrow,  whose character and achievements exemplify the ideals and
values cherished by this great State and nation; and
  WHEREAS, McKenna Heffner has distinguished herself as a young woman of
superlative ability, establishing a high standard of community  service,
purposefulness  of  life, and sense of responsibility rarely achieved in
youthful years; and
  WHEREAS, McKenna Heffner, age 14, of Corning, New York, and a freshman
at Corning Painted Post East High School, has achieved national recogni-
tion for exemplary volunteer service by being named  a  2011  Prudential
Spirit of Community Distinguished Finalist; and
  WHEREAS, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, created in 1995 by
Prudential  Financial  in  partnership  with the National Association of
Secondary School Principals  (NASSP),  are  designed  to  emphasize  the
importance  our nation places on service to others, and to encourage all
young Americans to contribute to their communities; and
  WHEREAS, As a Distinguished Finalist, McKenna Heffner will receive  an
engraved bronze medallion; and
  WHEREAS,  McKenna  Heffner  is  a  Girl  Scout with the Girl Scouts of
NYPENN Pathways in Cicero; she has raised nearly  $14,000  in  cash  and
in-kind  gifts  to support wishes for 15 terminally ill children through
the Make-A-Wish Foundation; and
  WHEREAS, To raise the funds, McKenna hosted a  kids'  talent  showcase
and  silent auction, solicited donations and in-kind gifts from individ-
uals and  businesses,  and  created  a  website  to  collect  additional
donations; and
  WHEREAS,  The  success  of  the State of New York, the strength of our
communities, and the vitality of American society depend, in great meas-
ure, upon the dedication of young people like McKenna Heffner,  who  use
their considerable talents and resources to serve others; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative  Body  is  moved to honor McKenna Heffner,
commending her for her outstanding record  of  volunteer  service,  peer
leadership,  and  community  service  and  recognizing  the value of her
labors and the promise of her future; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations,  with
praise and pride, to commend McKenna Heffner for her achievements and to
extend  to  her the best wishes of this Legislative Body for a future of
purposeful success and well-being, fully confident of  her  response  to
the  challenges  of a promising future and appreciative of the model she
represents for all young people of the Empire State; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to McKenna Heffner.

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