MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — To honor citizens who have given selflessly of their time and talents to benefit the entire community, the Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 45th annual Citizen of the Year Dinner Dance on Wednesday night.
The ceremony this year will honor the Mount Kisco Volunteer Fire Department's 9/11 Memorial Committee: Richard Alexander and Paul Felice, co-chairmen; and members George Arco, John Boddie, Michael Boles, Alfredo Bueti, Edward Clark, Gina DiLeo-Acuna, Irving Farber, Andy Guich, Howard Kensing, Mario Muccioli, Joseph Scopelliti and Carl Sickles. The event will be held at the Mount Kisco Holiday Inn.
The committee is responsible for planning, constructing and raising funds to build the memorial that sits at the center of town, which commemorates the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center.
The night’s second honoree is Martin Bancroft, whose family will accept a posthumous Lifetime Commitment Recognition on his behalf. Bancroft was a volunteer firefighter for 43 years and active member of the Union Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 where he served as commissioner, foreman, president and co-chairman of the Truck Committee.
"The event is really the chamber's way of recognizing those citizens and/or organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Mount Kisco community,” said chamber president Phil Bronzi.
The individuals being honored were selfless and tireless in bringing the memorial to the Mount Kisco area, said Bronzi. The memorial was completed and dedicated in a special ceremony this past Sept. 11.
“We thought it was an incredibly fitting tribute and thought this would be a good way to honor their efforts,” Bronzi said.
More than 180 business owners, professionals and civic-minded residents are expected to attend. Members from all four companies of the volunteer fire department will attend.
Last year's award winners were Bill Harden, a local business owner and former chamber president, along with the Mount Kisco Child Care Center, which received the honor the year of its 40th anniversary.