Larchmont Mamaroneck Lions Club Presents Community Service Awards
The Larchmont Mamaroneck Lions Club honored local community service organizations and announced the recipients of the Lions Jack Coughlin Community Service Awards at a special dinner event on December 8, 2019, at the Larchmont Yacht Club. The event also recognized the Lions Mamaroneck High School elite athlete of the Fall Semester and welcomed the Lions District winner of the Lions Peace Poster Contest.
The Lions Jack Coughlin Community Service awards were awarded to an individual, Mary Lee Berridge, and an organization, The Larchmont Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force, for their outstanding long-term service to the needs of the people in the Larchmont Mamaroneck community. Michael Coughlin, Jack’s son, introduced the award. A video presentation honored Jack’s 73 years as a Lion.
The event recognized 20 other community service non-profits for all that they have and continue to do for the people and needs of our community. Leaders from the following service organizations were there to be recognized: At Home on the Sound, Boy Scouts, Cancer Support Team, Community Resource Center, CURE, Friends of Karen, Friends of the Family, Fuller Center, Furniture Share House, Girl Scouts, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Junior League of Westchester on the Sound, KidSight Vision Screenings, Larchmont Environmental Committee/Town of Mamaroneck, LMC-TV, Neighbors for Refugees, Philanthropic Education Organization, STEM Alliance, Volunteer Health Program, Visions/VCB Camp.
At the event, the Lions also awarded the Lions Mamaroneck High School Athlete of Fall 2019 to Field Hockey senior Laine Pearson. Also recognized was French American School’s Nesrine Zigha for winning both the Larchmont Mamaroneck and the NYC Area Lions District 20R2 Peace Poster Contest.
NY State Senator Shelley Mayer was the keynote speaker and presented State Senate and House Proclamations to both Jack Coughlin Award recipients. The event was attended by many other state and local civic leaders.
The event announced a “Friends of the Lions” program to raise funds to support the Larchmont Mamaroneck Lions Foundation. The Foundation was established to provide seed money to encourage matching funding to support community service needs. Last year, for every Dollar from the Foundation, $3 was raised for community service.
The Lions also announced the creation of a Lions Leos’s service program at Mamaroneck High School and the start of monthly Lunch meetings to begin at Mamaroneck’s Orienta Beach Club on January 9. It supplements the current monthly dinner meetings the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Larchmont Hunan Restaurant.
The Larchmont Mamaroneck Lions are part of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service organization, with 1.5 million members. The Lions serve 6 core needs – Vision, Hunger, Environment, Diabetes, Childhood Cancer and Youth.