From the left: Pride in Port (PIP) Co-Chair Barbara Faticone, 2024 Pride in Port Scholarship recipients Benjamin Gordon, Benjamin Salit and Michael Redelick, and PIP Co-Chair Fred Pollack. (Photo from Debbie Greco Cohen)

Pride In Port Awards Presented To 2024 Graduates

By Debbie Greco Cohen

The Pride in Port awards and scholarships were announced at the recent Schreiber High School Graduates Awards Ceremony. Recipients are chosen based on their proven record of high “Pride in Port.” 

The Barbara Faticone Pride in Port Scholarship is given to a senior who best demonstrates the same volunteer qualities of the Pride in Port committee’s beloved co-chair, Barbara Faticone. As a lifelong resident of Port Washington, Barbara’s community involvement spans over 50 years with dozens of organizations.  

Benjamin Gordon was chosen as the recipient of the 2024 Barbara Faticone Pride in Port Scholarship based on his dedication to our community. 

“It is impressive and heartwarming to learn how many things the students volunteer for while still in school,” Barbara Faticone said. “Benjamin truly exemplifies what Pride in Port is all about. We are very proud to honor him!”

This year, the committee created an additional scholarship, the “Rise Up” Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student who has focused his or her community service activity on a few organizations but has inspired many others to get involved in our community.

The first recipient of the Rise Up Scholarship is Michael Redelick. 

“Michael’s leadership skills and enthusiasm have caused numerous other students to become involved. We will never know how much of an impact he has made as a result,” said Fred L. Pollack, co-chair of the Committee.

Pride in Port Community Service Awards are also given to seniors who make significant contributions to Pride in Port, such as the pep rally, parade, etc. 

The 2024 Community Service Award recipients are Goldie Abrahams, Juan Carlos Rivas and Benjamin Salit. The Pride in Port committee thanks and appreciates these students for their exceptional dedication to the community.

This year’s Pride in Port celebration is on Saturday, Sept. 28. The day’s events begin with a parade at 11:30 a.m., preceded by entertainment from local businesses and organizations. They are followed by a Family Fun Day and Food Court on Campus Drive, a free Senior Citizen luncheon at 12:30, and a homecoming football game. 

Debbie Greco Cohen is on the Pride in Port Committee

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