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Rockland's Association For Visually Impaired Names Distinguished Citizens

Rockland County legislators Phil Soskin, Aney Paul and Michael Grant honor World War II veteran Alan Moskin of Nanuet.
Rockland County legislators Phil Soskin, Aney Paul and Michael Grant honor World War II veteran Alan Moskin of Nanuet. Photo Credit: Contributed

ORANGETOWN, N.Y. -- The Association for the Visually Impaired (AVI) will recognize the achievements of four individuals and organizations who have worked to improve the lives of others at its at its Distinguished Citizens’ Awards Dinner Dance, to be held at the View on the Hudson in Piermont on Thursday, April 14.

Alan Moskin, of Nanuet will receive the Harry Brill-Edwards Memorial Award for his service to veterans and commitment to educate, examine, and explain the history of the World War II and the Holocaust with authenticity, dignity and compassion, and his ability to make a difference in the lives of many people though his work.

The Rockland Boulders will receive the Employer of the Year Award. It will be presented to Christian Heimall, for working with AVI’s Employment Program — to mentor, provide internships, perform mock interviews and enable visually impaired and blind individuals to enter the workforce.

Inserra ShopRite has been selected for the Community Service Award, which will be given to James Callaghan, an assistant manager at ShopRite, for his ongoing contributions which improve the lives, homes, health and well-being of people in the community.

The AVI Lion Legacy Award will be given to Dr. Joseph Fontana, a past president of the Hendrick Hudson Lions Club exemplifies the Lions motto, “We Serve.” He’s spearheaded many civic programs which improve the lives of people with visually impairments.

The Association for the Visually Impaired, Inc. (AVI), a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1973, serves blind and severely visually impaired residents of Rockland and Orange counties in New York.

Tickets are still available at a cost of $125 per person or $200 per couple. For more information call 845-574-4950.

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