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, Erin Bentivegna 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.

Erin Bentivegna is a 7th grade student at Mahopac Middle School, and a survivor.

Erin Bentivegna was only 4 years old when she was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. After surgery to remove it and a year and a half of treatment, she was once again well. In November 2006, doctors told Erin that she had a cancerous kidney tumor. After her kidney was removed, Erin faced six months of chemotherapy. Again in July of last year, Erin was told she had another tumor on her brain that entailed surgery and then months of treatment that meant she was not able to go to school. Having fought and defeated cancer three times in her young life, Eric is now back at school.

Erin enjoys eating tacos and pizza, watching the movies “The Smurfs” and “Gnomeo and Juliet,” and dancing along with the television show “Shake It Up.”

In 2011, Community Cares honored Eric with the Light of Hope Award.

“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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