Honorees and local elected officials at the Women's Roll of Honor 2024 (Photos by Russell Lippai, Town of North Hempstead)

Town Of North Hempstead Women’s Roll Of Honor 2024

The Town of North Hempstead hosted its 31st-anniversary breakfast, a momentous occasion to celebrate and induct the exceptional 2024 Women’s Roll of Honor honorees. This event occurred on June 18 at the Clubhouse at Harbor Links in Port Washington.

Supervisor Jennifer DeSena, Town Clerk Ragini Srivastava and the town board, along with the honorees, their families and friends, came together to recognize and honor the significant contributions of these women in making a difference in the North Hempstead community.

“These women are honored because they are leaders who have made a difference in our communities,” said Supervisor DeSena. “We are a beautiful, diverse and passionate community. And, like these honorees, we must continue to put our hands out to reach and teach others.”

The Women’s Roll of Honor is named after May Newburger, an iconic figure for social justice, equality and environmental causes. In addition to her activism, Newburger was a member of the New York State Assembly and became the first woman to serve as a town supervisor in Nassau County. 

In honor of her many accomplishments, the Town of North Hempstead names several women to the Roll of Honor every year who exemplify the same dedication to activism and community as Newburger.

“This beautiful town event allows us to recognize the remarkable sacrifices made by these women amidst all the responsibilities of their personal and professional lives,” said Town Clerk Srivastava. “Some have made a difference on a large public scale, while others contributed through quiet, consistent measures. All these women serve as outstanding models on how to live for others.”

The North Hempstead community came together to celebrate the honorees. The Albertson VFW 5252 presented the Color Guard, and United States Army Captain Ramona Jones led the attendees in the pledge of allegiance. Leah Del Orbe of the New Hyde Park Senior Chorus and Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York joined Cristina Palumbo and Reilly Toner from Kellenberg Memorial High School to sing the National Anthem.

The Westbury Middle School Select Senior Chorus, directed by Mr. Jonathan Fulcher, put on an electric performance of Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys.

Supervisor DeSena and Town Clerk Srivastava unveiling the list of the 2024 Women’s Roll of Honor inductees

Master of Ceremonies Maria Thomas and Dr. Bhavani Srinivasan introduced the honorees as follows:

Sridevi Bhumi, Old Westbury

Parvaneh Sarraf Doustan, Roslyn

Dorothy Forte, Manhasset

Rachel S. Fox, Port Washington

Michelle Golden, Roslyn

Theresa Greiner, Williston Park

Anna Hakakian, Kings Point

Priti Jain, Roslyn Heights

Agnes Kirschner, East Williston

Maggie Messina, Albertson

Joanna Palumbo, Carle Place

Mary Stein, New Hyde Park

Mary Sydor, Westbury

From the left: Assemblywoman Gina Sillitti, Town Councilmember Christine Liu, Town Councilmember Edward Scott, Town Clerk Ragini Srivastava, Honoree Rachel Fox, Town Supervisor Jennifer DeSena, Town Councilmember Mariann Dalimonte and Legislator Mazi Pilip

More about Rachel Fox of Port Washington:

Honoree Rachel Fox

Rachel Fox has been a Town of North Hempstead resident for 50 years and a Port

Washington resident for 36 years. Now serving as the Director of Children’s services in the Port Washington Library, she has been a librarian to three generations of Port Washington residents.

Rachel is an active volunteer in many community organizations such as Community Chest of Port Washington, Residents Forward, Sousa Bandshell Committee and Be The Rainbow. Twenty years ago, she created “The Great Library Card Adventure” to instill reading habits in our youth in a fun educational way.

Recently, Rachel has worked with local business Alper’s to build three Little Free Libraries in Port Washington, allowing residents to access book drops all around the community. Last year, Rachel was honored by the PWPL Foundation Gala. Rachel is a selfless and admirable role model to all generations of our community.

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