NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Boy Scouts of America Patriots’ Path Council honored four community members on Thursday night for dedication that embodies the principles of scouting and are also role models to youth.
The four honorees were Christine Ferdinand of Ferdinand Jewelers, director and co-founder of the Operation Bling Foundation; Ira W. Krauss, member and past president of the New Providence Board of Education; Chief Ret. Robert C. Lucid, director of public safety at Drew University; and Daniel Rauch, chief financial officer of Winchester Gardens Retirement Community and a volunteer Boy Scout Leader for 17 years in New Providence.
Event Chairman David K. Helsabeck said, “We would like to honor Christine Ferdinand, Ira Krauss, Robert Lucid and Dan Rauch for their outstanding service to the community and exemplifying the definition of the ideals of the Boy Scouts and citizenship to the residents of New Providence.”
Councilman Jim Madden attended the Good Scout Award Dinner for the first time. He said that it was great to be able to represent the borough and recognize the outstanding individuals that are helping the entire community.
Honoree Christine Ferdinand was very excited about the event and was delighted to be selected. She said of her foundation, “The more people we know, the more we grow.”
Honoree Daniel Rauch was proud to share the honor. He said that the award testimony to the goals of scouting that people in the community are doing what is taught in scouting.
There were many scouts in attendance at the dinner. Corey Barnwell has been in a scout more than eight years. He attended the event with his father, Mark. He spoke of his experience in scouting and said, “It’s great.”
The honorees were selected by a committee that is made up of volunteers that included former award winners. Scott Maciag was a member of this year’s committee. Maciag is the director of guidance at New Providence High School. He has always been active in scouting, attained the rank of Eagle Scout, and now enjoys scouting activities with his son, Eric. He spoke of the selection process. “We had many excellent candidates and picked people who have lived the ideals of giving back to the community.”
Jennifer Volz is the development director of the Boy Scouts of America, Patriot Path Council. She said that the event shaped up very well and that it raised more funds than last year. On Thursday night, more than 70 members of the community, scouts, and family members of the honorees attended the New Providence Good Scout Award Dinner.
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