Award Recipients 1986 to 2013

2013 Maria and Alfonso Frangipane

Maria and Alfonso Frangipane, recipients of SYDA Foundation 2013 Community Service Award

Alfonso and Maria Frangipane volunteer and raise funds for many local charitable organizations, such as the Red Cross, Lions Club, and Catskill Regional Medical Center.


2012 Paul Ciliberto

Through his radio broadcasts and public appearances, Paul Ciliberto raises community awareness and financial support for a wide array of local charitable organizations, many of which benefit children and families.

2011 Shelly Field

Chairman and ten year Board member of Sullivan County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), working with Family Court to provide solutions for neglected or abused children.

2010 Donna and Phil Vallone

Sponsored many community organizations, most notably “Alive at 25,” a driver safety program for young people

2009 The Hon. Anthony Kane and Nancy Kane

Honored for a wide spectrum of contributions especially in the areas of judiciary, hospice care, the arts, education, fire fighting, and music

2008 Janet Newberg

Established support systems for Alzheimer’s patients and their families and advocate for environmental concerns in Sullivan County

2007 Bill Sipos

Founded Community Unity and committed to improving the quality of life for Sullivan County families, especially for children in need

2006 Dr. Katherine Seibert

Founded the oncology program at the Catskill Regional Medical Center, offering dedicated and innovative care to cancer patients in Sullivan County

2005 Liz Keller

Founded Glen Wild Animal Rescue, providing shelter and adoption for injured and neglected animals, especially dogs and cats

2004 Gladys Walker

Executive Director of CACHE (Community Action Commission to Help the Economy), which provides emergency assistance to families in distress

2003 The Hon. Mark Meddaugh

Sullivan County Family Court judge; founded the local chapter of Communities That Care Coalition, a group that engages with young people to reduce crime and antisocial behavior

2002 Pat Vasquez

Served as Executive Director of the local CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program

2001 Edwin M. Field

Supported literacy programs, the libraries, mediation, and complementary medicine in Sullivan County

2000 Elizabeth L. Berman

Founded and served as the guiding force for the Center for Discovery, a leading resident facility for young people with disabilities

1999 Joyce Salimeno

Headed the Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Workforce Development Board, teaching career skills to young and old alike

1998 The Hon. Lawrence H. Cooke

Served as chief judge for New York State and worked with the Boy Scouts, mediation, and volunteer fire fighting

1997 Selma Field

Established the local CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) chapter, providing trained advocates to help local courts find solutions for neglected and abused children

1996 Tom Hubers

Founded Tom’s Kitchen in Monticello, serving meals daily to the homeless and needy

1995 Nel Miros

Created the Look Good, Feel Better program, which helps patients overcome the cosmetic side effects of cancer treatment

1994 Rabbi Lester Polonsky

Worked for religious harmony and for the benefit of the homeless in Sullivan County

1993 Jess Abel

Served as historian for the Village of Jeffersonville, a volunteer firefighter, and an active member of many civic associations

1992 William and Dr. Katherine McCaffrey

Supported the mentally disabled in Sullivan County for more than a quarter of a century, especially as active board members of the Friends and Advocates for Mental Health

1991 Dr. Joseph Lauterstein

Served as chief of cardiology at the Catskill Regional Medical Center, planning and administering the unit that is the major source of local cardiac care

1990 Gloria Krause and Elaine Giguere

Created the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, expanding local appreciation of the arts

1989 Allan Dampman

Supported local education as the longtime dean of Sullivan County Community College

1988 Terry Hulse

Worked with young people in Sullivan County, particularly with the Catholic Youth Organization

1987 Mary Ellen Campbell

Created the first Hospice care for the terminally ill in Sullivan County

1986 Sister Kevin John Shields

Worked with children with special needs, offering young people in Sullivan County positive alternatives to substance abuse