Joseph D. Blanck entered the United States Army in July 1964. Upon completion of Airborne School in December 1964, he was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Abn) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In May 1966, Mr. Blanck went to South Vietnam, assigned to the Long Range Reconnaissance Platoon of the 101st Airborne Division, and graduated from the 101st Airborne Division. In October 1968, Mr. Blanck left the United States Army after serving bravely in South Vietnam for thirty months.
Kerry W. Walsh serves as President of the Board of Directors of Gramatan Village, an aging in place organization serving the needs of older adults who wish to remain in their communities. Gramatan Village offers the necessary services and programs to make this dream a reality.
Tony Marsella is a lifelong resident of Mamaroneck, New York. Born on May 20, 1924, he graduated from Mamaroneck High School in June, 1942. Seven months later, on exactly the same day, he and his brother, John, were drafted into the United States Army. Their individual training and subsequent assignments eventually took them both to Italy.
Due to his fluency in Italian and skill as a stenographer, Tony was assigned to the Allied Military Government of Occupied Territories and served as an interpreter and stenographer in Sicily, and mainland Italy. On May 26, 1944, his brother, John, was killed during the Anzio invasion.
Lee Roberts moved to Bedford, New York with her husband, Ken, in 1972 – after living in New York City for three years. Upon starting a family, Ms. Roberts began to join local organizations including the Presbyterian Church, where she is currently an Elder and a Deacon. After becoming active in the elementary school PTA, she joined the Katonah Village Library Board and the Village Improvement Society (KVIS). As an active member of the church, Ms. Roberts was long time board member and officer of the County Children’s Center and subsequently joined the daycare center board, where she served for many more years.
John “Jack” Drago was born on February 23, 1933 to Louis and Anna Drago. A lifelong Yonkers resident, Jack was a football standout at Roosevelt High School and voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 17. Jack served three years during the Korean confl ict, during which he was awarded two bronze stars. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant First Class.
Kate Bialo is a true humanitarian who embodies the spirit of giving to others. The founder and executive director of Furniture Sharehouse, Westchester’s Furniture Bank, Ms. Bialo has been a resident of Westchester County for over 20 years. Her call to help those in need stemmed from being dismayed by all the usable furniture regularly discarded at the curb, knowing that there are many families who cannot afford a bed to sleep on or a table to share a family meal.