Carmel, N.Y. – (3/30/12) – Over 30 women from throughout the Hudson Valley were honored at Senator Greg Ball’s (R, C – Patterson) Women of Distinction Hall of Fame. Among them was, Dona DiMaggio who was recognized for her distinguished volunteer service and civic commitment as a Woman of Distinction representing the Town of Carmel, New York.

Created and hosted by Senator Ball, The Women Of Distinction Hall of Fame was designed to honor outstanding women from throughout the 40th Senate District. Each city, town and village within the Senator’s district was asked to nominate a woman to be honored at the event. All the nominees were formally honored and inducted in the Hall of Fame at a district-wide ceremony at The Donald B. Smith, Putnam County Emergency Services Building in Carmel, NY.

Becoming a teacher and a coach in her hometown is a dream come true according to Dona DiMaggio because she can give back to the community that raised her to bleed blue and gold, the Mahopac colors. Dona DiMaggio is a Health and Physical Education teacher at Mahopac High School, as well as the Girls’ Field Hockey Coach. Ms. DiMaggio has twice earned the Section I Field Hockey Coaches Association “Coach of the Year” Award, in 2001 and 2010, the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance “Amazing Person” Award in 2005, and the Westchester-Putnam Special Olympics “Striving for Excellence” Award in 2000. In addition to earning several league championships, Ms. DiMaggio also coached the Mahopac High School Girls’ Field Hockey Team to a state championship in 2001.

Dona DiMaggio is widely known throughout the Hudson Valley community for her volunteer participation with Special Olympics, coaching athletes with special needs and volunteering year-round with the Hudson Valley Special Olympics Pioneers, a varsity level competition within local schools in a variety of sports.

“The woman who are here today were nominated by their communities, hand-picked because they chose a path of leadership, living a life of service before self,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Each one of these women here today is so well deserving of this honor because they have built a reputation of action, compassion and integrity a path that that stands as an example to all.”


For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier: (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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