MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Local businesswoman and school district employee Lynne Mongon has been named the Carmel/Mahopac representative for Woman of Distinction honoring women from the 40th District of the state Senate.
Mongon was awarded the honor from Sen. Terrence Murphy, along with the other 40th district nominees, during a ceremony at Mount Kisco Elementary School on Tuesday evening (June 27). She was also presented with a proclamation from the Town Board at its meeting last week.
Mongon is an administrative assistant in the guidance office at Mahopac Middle School and owner of Sweet Treats and More, a confection catering company. She is the sister of town Councilwoman Suzy McDonough and former wife of Supervisor Ken Schmitt.
“I am very blessed and honored to have Lynne as my sister,” McDonough said. “She always thinks about everybody else first, no matter how tired she is. She certainly deserves this honor.”
Schmitt said Mongon was being honored because of the volunteer work she does for the community, often providing desserts through her Sweet Treats business for area charities such as Relay for Life and Community Cares.
“Lynne is an amazing person,” Schmitt said. “She does so much for the community and she never asks for thanks. She does these things because she enjoys doing them and it makes her feel good. There are so many things that Lynne has done for this community over the years. I really couldn’t think of a better person to be honored as a Woman of Distinction.
“She will stay up all night long to bake goods for the American Cancer Society – Relay for Life, for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Breakfast with Santa, Community Cares,” he continued. “I could go on and on and on.”
Schmitt noted that Mongon plays a pivotal role in the town’s annual Thanksgiving food drive for the needy, working closely with Councilman Frank Lombardi on the project.
“She’s very much involved in [the food drive],” Schmitt said. “Lynne kind of spearheads that whole thing and makes sure it gets done. She coordinates the families with all the turkeys that get donated.”
Lombardi agreed that Mongon was well-deserving of the Woman of Distinction honor.
“I have gotten to know her well over the past eight years working together on the Thanksgiving food drive,” he said. “But I also think it’s important to note that today was the graduation ceremony at the high school, and Lynne has touched the lives all those young adults who are graduating today. It’s either with a smile in the hallway or working with them and with different charities, different organizations. So, all those kids who graduated—last year, this year and years to come—have been touched by Lynne’s kind smile every day.”
Mongon, who accepted the award in front of her husband and two of her three sons, said her family was instrumental in helping her facilitate her volunteer work.
“I truly couldn’t do what I do without the help of my family—my kids, my husband (School Board trustee Michael Mongon) and all of the people in the community,” she said. “It would not be possible unless everyone was involved. So, I say thank you to everyone. It’s not just me; it’s everyone. This is an award for everyone. I truly appreciate the nomination.”