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The Peekskill City School District would like to extend their congratulations to Ann Brady, President of the Peekskill High School Parents Club, who received the Maureen Erickson Volunteer of the Year Award at the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner that took place at Colonial Terrace on Saturday.
While simultaneously acting as a wife and a mother to four daughters, Brady has served the Peekskill City School District in a variety of roles for over two decades. She can be credited with spearheading teacher appreciation breakfasts, auctions, book fairs, and several fundraising efforts while also serving numerous clubs and committees.
Brady has spent 16 years as a PTO/ Parents Club Officer and has worked as a District Treasurer and with the Peekskill High School Athletic Hall of Fame since 2010. She has been an integral member of the PHS Alumni Hall of Honor for seven years, has lent her time to the Reading Is Fundamental (R.I.F.) Program for 15 years, and has served on the Code of Conduct Committee as well.
For fun, Brady has even appeared in costume to read to students, but notes that her greatest joy throughout her volunteering career was being a Class Mom for 20 years.
“Although I've volunteered in a variety of ways, my contributions to the school district for over 25 years really got the Chamber boards' attention,” Brady said.
At the Awards Dinner, Brady was not only honored for her volunteer efforts with our schools, but for being an incredibly active community member as well.
Brady was noted for her work with the Peekskill St. Patrick’s Committee, a group she worked with for more than 20 years, during which she helped to coordinate events and raise funds for the group’s annual parade. Her dedication to this cause was rewarded in 2000 when she received the honor of acting as Co-Grand Marshal at the event.
The Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce are another organization that have benefited from Brady’s volunteering efforts, which involved her working countless hours towards HVGCC’s breakfast registrations, clothing swaps, and fundraising initiatives.
Brady has also served as an Assistant Basketball Coach for Peekskill Parks & Recreation for five years, and has volunteered for their Competitive Swim Program for 20 years. She has taken part in the City of Peekskill’s Holiday Decoration Committee and Beautification Committee, each for 3 years. In addition, Brady has been a volunteer for the Field Library for 20 years, has acted as a Girl Scout Troop volunteer and has spent time to providing care and assistance for home-bound senior citizens.
“I'm very honored to have been chosen for this special award,” Brady said about the honor. “I don’t think I could survive without volunteering.”