Golden handed out citations at Buckley’s Restaurant (2926 Avenue S) to “community residents who have proven to be extraordinary in their volunteerism, dedicated to helping during Hurricane Sandy, special events and community organizations,” including Father Farrell of Resurrection Church, who opened the institution’s doors to serve as an evacuation center and shelter.
Also honored wasRose Coulson from the Ancient Order of Hibernians, who organized opening the facility despite its disrepair from the storm, and rallied volunteers and services to help the community.
Linda Cupo and Tracy Ambrose from the Gerritsen Beach Property Owners and Volunteer Fire Department were manning the Vollies Hall everyday throughout the aftermath of the storm, serving hot meals and doling out supplies.
John Murphy was a huge help running the shelter at Resurrection Church, acting as the director of the shelter spending countless hours at the church during the first week following the storm. He continued to volunteer at the Ancient Order of Hibernians, following the closing of the Resurrection Shelter.
A full list of those honored can be found below the photo gallery.
Photos by Max Bolotov.
Full list of honorees:
Mike Castro Jr.
Sr. Elizabeth Graham