Karen DeChristopher Named Outstanding Citizen by the YMCA

Carolyn Micheletti Dobies, Ron Quade, Thomas Dean, Scott Akin, Lauren Curiotto, Mark & Anna Landgrebe, Thomas “Mac” McElduff, Russ Hall and Sgt. Greg Bogert.

Karen DeChristopher

Karen DeChristopher

PARSIPPANY — The Lakeland Hills Family YMCA is pleased to announce the 2017 winners of the annual YMCA Citizen of the Year Awards from their ten service area towns: Karen DeChristopher, Parsippany; Carolyn Micheletti Dobies, Boonton; Ron Quade, Boonton Township; Thomas Dean, Denville; Scott Akin, Kinnelon-Butler; Lauren Curiotto, Lincoln Park; Mark and Anna Landgrebe, Montville; Thomas “Mac” McElduff, Mountain Lakes; Russ Hall, Pequannock and Sgt. Greg Bogert, Riverdale.

Karen DeChristopher is the Division Marketing and Customer Relations Administrator for Western Pest Services.

Diane Rudolph and Karen DeChristopher. Karen is also Vice President of Family Promise

Among many other volunteer organizations, Karen DeChristopher is Vice President of Family Promise, is Vice President of Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany and Co-Director and Committee Chair of Kiwanis Club’s Young Children Priority One (YCPO) service projects. In January, Karen was given one of the highest honors in the Kiwanis Club,  the George F. Hixon Fellowship Award. George F. Hixon Fellowship Awards are given to Kiwanians who have contributed to the betterment of the club. The club is eligible to award a Hixon for each donation of $1,000 to the Kiwanis International Foundation. The Hixon award is named in honor of the first Kiwanis International president.

Frank Cahill presenting Karen DeChristopher with the Hixon award

These individuals have demonstrated outstanding community service and volunteerism. “The selflessness exhibited by these volunteers is consistent with social responsibility, which is one of the key underpinnings of our YMCA mission and we are looking forward to honoring them,”says Lakeland Hills YMCA Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Viktor Joganow.

The winners will be recognized at the Y’s Annual Dinner that will take place on Wednesday, May 17 at the Knoll Country Club West. Tickets for the dinner (at $50.00 each) are available through May 10 and everyone is welcome to attend, so come out and meet the people who have made a difference in your community!  For tickets, call Nancy Dunham at the Y, (973) 334-2820, or email: nancyd@lhymca.com