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Garden City Resident Honored as NYPA's 2002 Volunteer of the Year

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Jack Murphy
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Connie Cullen
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Connie.Cullen@nypa.gov

June 4, 2002                                                                          

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHITE PLAINS—Jerry Loughran, assistant general counsel at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), was selected NYPA’s 2002 Volunteer of the Year for the vital role he plays in the fundraising and other efforts of the Garden City Community Fund (GCCF) on Long Island.  Loughran was honored for his service at the Friends of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Recognition Luncheon held today Tuesday at Tavern on the Green in Manhattan.

“Our greatest asset at NYPA is our people, like Jerry, who every day offer their dedication and excellence on the job with NYPA and, in addition, make the time to share those abilities with their communities as volunteers,” said Louis P. Ciminelli, chairman of the Power Authority.  “We take great pride in the outstanding contributions Jerry has tirelessly made to his home town of Garden City and in honor of his work at this essential organization, the Power Authority is pleased donate $1000 to the GCCF.”

Loughran, a Garden City resident, joined the Power Authority staff in 1977 and has served in several positions in the Human Resources and Legal departments.

GCCF is a non-profit community fund serving Garden City.  They solicit contributions from local businesses and residents, and annually raise about $150,000 for distribution to welfare and civic groups.  Many diverse organizations serving such causes as juvenile diabetes, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, domestic violence and others have received GCCF funds.

One of the recent highlights of Loughran’s efforts and those of the GCCF executive committee is that they were instrumental in organizing a Family Relief Fund Benefit that raised more than $800,000 in a single evening for Garden City family members of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.  In January 2002, Loughran was elected to serve a two-year term as GCCF President.

In the past six years with GCCF, Loughran has devoted countless hours organizing and participating in fund-raising events, interviewing prospective recipients of the fund’s allocations and analyzing their financial records.

Loughran’s wife Grace is a banker with Bank of New York and they have two daughters, Sandra and Brooke.

The Power Authority has participated in the Volunteer of the Year program since 1995.  Every year, the heads of NYPA’s business units, departments and facilities select finalists from among nominees who have demonstrated exceptional volunteer service and inspired others by their example.  From among those finalists, NYPA’s management committee selects the winner.