Howard Dunn is a United States Naval veteran, active in the U.S. Navy from March 1944 through April 10, 1946.Mr. Dunn has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America since 1939, when he joined Troop 321 at St. Johns Evangelist Church. There, he worked his way up to Scoutmaster and then Neighborhood Commissioner, eventually becoming Assistant District Commissioner of the Atlantic District with responsibility for 20 Troops and Packs. After a few years, Mr. Dunn was asked to become a member of the Executive Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America. He remains an active member of the Board of Directors for Brooklyn, NY. Howard has been a member of the of the Boy Scouts of America for 74 years. In 1987 he received the Silver Beaver award.
Judy Baron, an officer of the Manhattan Beach community Group and commissioner of the Interstate Environmental Commission, has devoted her entire professional career to passing on her love of the environment through education and activism.
Pat Gualtieri is well-known throughout the veterans’ community as a leader, producer of special events and veterans advocate. He embodies the essence of patriotic pride, respect for service, honor for veterans and love of country. As a Vietnam Veteran, he knows just how important it is to embrace our veterans – to ‘never forget’ another generation. Throughout his 15+ years of community service, Pat consistently goes ‘above and beyond’, providing assistance, direction, friendship and resources to many a veteran. Pat extends himself ‘times over’ to make it ‘go right’ for another veteran. Years ago, he formed a close working, professional relationship with Samaritan Village Veterans Program.
Sonia Valentin Fernandez was born in Puerto Rico and moved to New York where she attended Walton High School and Brooklyn College. After graduation, she went to work on Wall Street, but found her true calling in volunteerism.
George R. Broadhead was born in Brooklyn in 1932. He and his family moved to Gerritsen Beach, from Park Slope, when he was six. In 1951, George enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps and served in the Korean War. As a Corporal, he was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his gallantry in action, as well as a Purple Heart Medal and additional awards.
Elaine Delaney has been active in her community for over 20 years. A native of Brooklyn, Ms. Delaney worked for Coca-Cola Bottling Company upon graduating high school. Starting out as an Administrative Assistant, she quickly rose to the position of Purchasing Agent. She cites her involvement in the introduction of Diet Coke, as her most memorable moment at the company.
After leaving Coca-Cola, Ms. Delaney worked at NBC for “Nightly News” and “The Today Show” and later held a position at the New York Methodist Hospital in the Purchasing Department.
Pratts was born February 24, 1949 in Brooklyn, NY of Puerto Rican parents. His father, Francisco Rosa Pratts, arrived to New York in 1915 or 1916, while his mother, Juanita Figueroa arrived in 1938. His father served in the U.S. Army during WWII. After his parents met in 1940, they married in 1942 and had four children: three boys and one girl. In the 1950s, Ruben Pratts was a cub scout, until earning his status as a boy scout in the 1960s.
Ralph A. Mottola is a highly decorated World Word II Army veteran and former Prisoner of War (POW) who served from 1943 to 1945 with Company H, 141st Infantry Regiment of the 36th Infantry Division. For the past 20 years, he has been selflessly assisting fellow POWs as a federal Veterans Affairs volunteer at the Ex-Prisoner of War Brooklyn “Key” Chapter of the of New York Harbor Healthcare System.