WASHINGTON, D.C.  --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) congratulated Mountainside resident Mary Cate Greeley for receiving the Congressional Gold Medal recently at a special ceremony in Washington.  The Congressional Award Gold Medal is the highest honor for youth service.  Mary Cate earned the award by setting achieving goals in public service, personal development and physical fitness. 

Mary Cate’s main service project was working on a New Jersey sand museum which depicted iconic locations of the Jersey Shore.  She was tasked with publicity, helped with the sand packing, gave tours and assisted with fundraising. Donations were used to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.  She was nominated and selected to be among the national winners in the special ceremony on Capitol Hill.

Mary Cate did a great amount of charity work in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.  She has a strong affinity for public service and she demonstrated a great passion for helping others and being a part of her community.  I was pleased to meet her in Washington and I am sure she will continue to be of service to those in need,” said Lance after the presentation. 

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“Through the Congressional Award I discovered that the possibility of what I can do is endless. The process showed me that I am a leader and when I put my mind to something I can achieve my goals. The knowledge I have gained from this experience will be instrumental in pursuing future endeavors.  I was so happy to meet with Congressman Lance and tell him about my public service.  I enjoyed my time visiting Washington,” Mary Cate said.   

The Congressional Award was established by Congress to recognize America’s youth for volunteerism and goal setting.  Recipients are announced each year and invited to Washington for an awards ceremony.  Mary Cate Greeley is a graduating senior at Governor Livingston high school in Berkeley Heights and will be attending Marist College in the fall.  She is the daughter of Mary and Bob Greeley of Mountainside.