SPARTA, NJ – The Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council will be honoring local women at the Sussex County Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon. Deborah Berry-Toon, Cecelia Clayton, Joan Krueger, Rita Oroho, Lisa Parrott, and Sarah Roskowsky will be honored on Friday, May 8, 2015 at The Lake Mohawk Golf Club in Sparta for serving as exemplary role models for the youth of our area. These recipients were chosen for their outstanding services as evidenced by the interest and leadership they have demonstrated within the community of Sussex County. They are citizens who live the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. The 2015 luncheon chair is Barbara Wortmann and the 2015 luncheon committee includes past recipients of the award: Buffie Dobbs, Dawn Gomez, Ailish Hambel, Linda Hogan, Tammie Horsfield, Cathy Kut, Helen Le Frois, Megan MacMullin, Beth Malkin, Sara Megletti, Gail Phoebus, and Jill Space.
This year’s six honorees prove to be outstanding role models to our youth in Sussex County. Deborah Berry-Toon is the Executive Director and Founder of Project Self-Sufficiency, a local non-profit agency specializing in services for low-income individuals and families in Sussex County. Deborah is also a member of the Sussex County Community College Board of Trustees Search Committee, The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Northern New Jersey Advisory Board, Chairperson of the Sussex County Breast Health Task Force, and Co-Chairperson of the Sussex County Healthy Families Advisory Board. Cecelia Clayton has been the Executive Director of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice since 2001. During this time, the hospice has grown to include two offices and independent licensing for NJ and PA, expanding service into Northwest NJ and Northeast PA.
Joan Krueger has volunteered approximately 3,000 hours to the Sussex County Food Pantry since 2009. She conducts pantry tours to new volunteers and civic groups and helps organize “Stuff the Bus” food drives. Rita Oroho also joined the Sussex County Food Pantry in 2009. Through her tireless efforts and the active support of many volunteers, businesses and organizations, particularly our local high schools, the Sussex County Food Pantry has been able to serve thousands of local residents over the last six years. Lisa Parrott, along with her husband, helped establish Champions for Charity in 2009 as a source for awareness of hunger throughout Sussex County and a mechanism for continuous food donations. Champions for Charity received the prestigious Chairman’s Award from the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce in 2012. She is also involved in the Sussex County Food Pantry.Sarah Roskowsky is Vice President, Marketing Director & Public Relations at Sussex Bank. She has participated in community events such as the March of Dimes, March for Babies, Habitat for Humanity and Englewood Hospital’s Breast Cancer Walk along with the “I Love the Fair Community Day” at the NJ State Fairgrounds, American Bankers Teach Children to Save Program, Annual Hardyston 5K Charity Race and the Relay for Life.
Through the Sussex County Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon, funds will be raised to support the award-winning child abuse prevention programs offered to the community at large by the Boy Scouts of America. The Patriots’ Path Council ranks high among all the Boy Scout councils in the nation in their fight against child abuse. For their outstanding example to the youth of their communities, the Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council salutes Deborah Berry-Toon, Cecelia Clayton, Joan Krueger, Rita Oroho, Lisa Parrott, and Sarah Roskowsky with the 2015 Sussex County Tribute to Women Award.