Adelphi University honors Newsday's Everyday Heroes
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Friday, December 27th, 2002 - page 13
Adelphi University and Newsday celebrated the 104 individuals from Long Island and Queens who were honored over the past year as Everyday Heroes with a reception on November 13, 2002 at Adelphi's University Center in Garden City. Newsday columnist Ed Lowe, Newsday Publisher Raymond A. Jansen, and Adelphi President Dr. Robert A. Scott spoke to the packed house about the value of volunteer service.
Sponsored by Adelphi, Everyday Hero is a Newsday program that asks readers to nominate individuals who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to help others either through volunteer work or by bringing something extra to their jobs. Each week, profiles of these individuals who quietly serve their communities appear in Newsday along with information on their organization.
Adelphi alumna Frances Scarantino '93 was honored at the reception. Frances formed the non-profit community youth organization S.T.A.R.S. (Striving to Achieve & Reach Success, Inc.) in her hometown, Howard Beach. "I saw a need and wanted to fill it," states Frances. The Youth Center is open seven days a week and offers various recreational and self-development programs to area youth from ages three and up. "The youth involved at S.T.A.R.S have become role models for their peers and an inspiration to us all," stated Frances in Newsday. "I may never be the President of the United States or win the Nobel Peace Prize, but I know that the work I do is affecting lives in a positive manner and inspiring others to do the same."
Adelphi was also proud to honor Lois Lazarus, wife of trustee Michael Lazarus '67, at the event. Lois volunteers at The Opening Word Program on Long Island. The program, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Dominic in Amityville, teaches literacy, math, computer, language and job skills to undereducated and unemployed women. Lois enjoys giving back to the community. "I think this is such a good cause," she says. "The women involved, many of them high school dropouts with children to care for, struggle to keep going. The Opening Word helps open doors they would otherwise be locked out of."
A committee consisting of Newsday staff and community leaders selects the heroes. Celebrities and politicians are not eligible for the program. For additional information, please visit newsday.com.