SUMMIT, NJ - The Boy Scouts of America will honoring four local citizens -- Karen and Steve Bowman, Tom Garvey, and Gary Singleterry -- for their community service and embodiment of the values of the Scout Oath in their personal and professional lives , when it hosts its 2018 Distinguished Citizen Awards Dinner on September 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m.,  at The Canoe Brook Country Club.

The 2018 event is co-chaired by Al Lord, Founder and CEO of Lexerd Capital Management, LLC, and Karl Hersch, Principal - Strategy & Operations, Deloitte Consulting, LLP.

Karen Bowman is an Audit Partner at Deloitte. Her current and past volunteer activities include serving on the audit committee of the Summit Educational Foundation, leadership roles at Central Presbyterian Church, and as a committee member of the Fort Worth Economic Development Council and Summit Area YMCA 'Laugh Out Loud' event.

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Steve Bowman currently serves on the Summit Common Council representing Ward 2 and was previously a City of Summit Zoning Board member. He is an Elder at Central Presbyterian Church and teaches Sunday school, while also serving as the President of the Board of Crestview Swim Club. He previously coached SJBS softball and was a volunteer at Franklin Elementary School.

Garvey is retired after a 35- year career with J.P. Morgan / Chase Bank. Since his retirement, has was president of the Summit Taxpayers Association (STA) for five years; served as an assistant coach of the Summit High School Girls basketball team and as a board member of the Summit Speech School. Garvey is currently is chairperson of the finance committee at St. Teresa of Avila Church and School.

Singleterry is currently an Investment Director of GAM, an international investment management firm based in Zurich, Switzerland. He has served for several years as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent, and is also founder and trustee of the Wellspring Foundation, which was established to promote Christian education. Gary earned the Eagle Scout Rank, the highest rank in Scouting, in Portland, Oregon in 1963.

Funds raised at the Distinguished Citizen Awards Dinner will benefit the Boy Scouts of America’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs. The Boy Scouts of America has enhanced STEM content in every facet of Scouting from summer camp to the pinewood derby, by developing programs that explore the STEM principles behind familiar Scouting activities.

The BSA’s STEM initiative gives Scouts an opportunity to explore relevant skills and experiences and to be recognized for their achievements. The BSA’s aim is to expose youth to new opportunities and help them develop the STEM skills critical for the competitive world marketplace.

Further, funds raised at the event will also enable Scouts in underserved areas of New Jersey to experience summer camp and enjoy the Scouting program.

For more information on attending and-or supporting the event, call Jennifer Volz, Sr. Development Director, at 973-765-9322, ext. 249, contact jennifer.volz@scouting.org., or visit ppcbsa.org/give/special-events.