Humanitarian Awards Brunch Press Release


The Arc Mid-Hudson celebrated their 40th Humanitarian Awards Brunch on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at Ole Savannah Southern Table and Bar in Kingston, NY. This annual event pays homage to local people and businesses who tirelessly and effortlessly lend their support to The Arc Mid-Hudson’s mission “To empower people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to achieve and experience the highest quality of life.”


One hundred and thirty people enjoyed a delicious brunch outside with waterfront views of the historic Rondout Creek while honoring the dedication of those who were nominated to receive awards. Among the attendees were a few notable dignitaries: New York State Senator Sue Serino, Dutchess County Executive Mark Molinaro, and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.


The winners, who were honored for their dedication to the people and programs that are supported by The Arc Mid-Hudson, include:


Humanitarian of the Year: Dave Amato and Ole Savannah Southern Table and Bar


Jack Deyo Award for Advocacy: Chrissy Bierganns


Heart of Gold: The Leandro P. Rizzuto Foundation


Personal Achievement Award: John Paul Cante


Employer of the Year: Potters Table Bakery


2021 Employee of the Year: Danielle Beesimer


“The Arc Mid-Hudson is one of my favorite organizations. I am a firm believer in giving back to the community. You get what you give and what comes around goes around. I am very humbled and grateful by this nomination and I look forward to continuing to work with The Arc Mid-Hudson. ” said Dave Amato.


In addition to honoring these women, men, and businesses, The Arc Mid-Hudson Platinum Sponsors, Rifton Equipment located in Rifton, NY and Hudson Regional LTC Pharmacy located Middletown, NY were awarded certificates for their support. Sponsors of The Arc Mid-Hudson are an integral part of being able to hold events to fundraise to support individuals who receive services and help to make the offered programs even better.


“It is always an honor to be part of the celebration that recognizes those who have dedicated their time and support to help us improve the lives of over 1800 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each of our honorees help to make The Arc Mid-Hudson an exceptional organization,” stated Executive Director, John McHugh.


To view photos and videos of this event, please visit our website or our YouTube page.

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