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Jeff Haas, Town of Highland supervisor, received the Community Leadership Award from the Can’t Hurt Steel Community Foundation in recognition of his response to the winter and wind storms that crippled Highland.

Can’t Hurt Steel awards gala 

GLEN SPEY, NY — The mood was festive and joyous among the more than 200 who gathered on November 2 at Mountain View Manor in Glen Spey to celebrate those whose lives have impacted their community and to raise funds for the Can’t Hurt Steel Community Foundation.

Founded by J.J. and Kristen Hanson as a means of returning in kind the support their family received from the community during J.J.’s battle with cancer, Can’t Hurt Steel’s stated mission is to enhance community members’ quality of life. This is achieved by offering financial and emotional assistance to community members experiencing catastrophic loss and by empowering community members to take control of their health by supporting wellness initiatives within the area.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Gerard Galarneau, president of the Greater Hudson Valley Health Systems, who advanced the theme of hope, explaining its importance in patient care.

The foundation presented the Community Leadership Award to Town of Highland Supervisor Jeff Haas for his leadership during the March and May storms that marooned the Town of Highland. The Hometown Hero Award was presented to Don “Bosco” Hunt, who serves the community as an officer and EMT in the Lumberland Fire Department. Hunt was recognized for his response to a rescue of stranded and injured boaters on the Delaware River at the Hawks Nest. Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther was the recipient of the Can’t Hurt Steel Award for her years of service to the community.

The gala was the third annual event, which has grown each year. One of the projects supported by the foundation is the creation of a walking and jogging path in the Hickok Brook Multiple Use Area in Eldred. 


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