Formal Induction Ceremony to be Held March 30th

Yorktown, N.Y. – (2/8/2012) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) visited the Yorktown Town Hall last night, Tuesday, February 7, to accept the nomination of Kathleen Quinn, Director of Support Connection, as Yorktown’s Woman of Distinction and to continue his “Jobs Tour.”

Senator Ball has asked each town, village, and city within the 40th Senate District to choose a nominee for induction into his Women of Distinction Hall of Fame.  Nominees will be formally inducted during a ceremony to be held on March 30th.

“I want to thank Senator Ball and the town of Yorktown for this nomination,” said Quinn.  “I love volunteering my time and especially working with the students and children in this town.  I can’t thank the people in this town enough for how generous they have been.  This is an unbelievable honor.”

Kathleen Quinn is the Director of Support Connection, a Yorktown-based not-for-profit offering support services to women affected by breast and ovarian cancer.  According to the organization’s mission statement, “[Support Connection’s] mission is to provide emotional, social and educational support services to women, their families and friends affected by breast and ovarian cancer.  The support enables women to help each other and empowers them to become their own health care advocates.”

Also in attendance were Ashley Bonner (left) and Erin Maurno (right), two Yorktown high school students who each took up and organized community projects to help fight cancer on behalf of family members affected.

Ashley Bonner and her sisters Danielle, Sarah, and Talia came together to organize the dance troop “Dance 4 a Cause,” a group of now 125 Yorktown-area dancers.  The annual show “Dance 4 a Cause Kids Stand Up to Cancer” raises proceeds from the events to fund research into adrenal cancer, a rare form of cancer affecting Ashley’s aunt Wendy Holman.  To date, the troop has raised over $50,000 over the past three years since Ashley first organized the troop.

Erin Maurno took up a community project to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award in partnership with Putnam’s Community Cares – a non-profit that provides support services to families where one parent is affected by a serious medical condition.  Erin, whose aunt and grandmother both survived breast cancer, used the proceeds from a movie night provided to the girl scouts in her area to arrange “lots of love” bags filled with goodies and treats for children of Community Cares’ clients.

“Kathleen Quinn is an extraordinary women who stands as an example to all. She has done remarkable work helping families in their time of need and living a life of service before self. I am honored to accept her nomination,” said Senator Ball. “Yorktown should also be proud to have Ashley and Erin, two young ladies who have taken up huge projects that benefit others in their community.

Following the nomination ceremony, Senator Ball continued his “Jobs Tour” in Yorktown, updating residents and community leaders on his job creating initiatives and asking for their ideas on how to bring jobs to the area.

Senator Ball has helped to pass major legislation that: delivered $250 Million in savings for more than 290,000 local businesses; delivered $67 million for local projects, creating jobs through major construction projects; capped property taxes at 2% to help working families and seniors hold on to their homes; helped to secure over $10 million dollars in economic development grants for the Hudson Valley region to finance major job creation projects; and repealed the job-killing MTA payroll tax completely for 80% of businesses previously paying it.

For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Brittany Oat: (845) 200-9716.


About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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