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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Joseph, Smith honored at Steuben Youth Board dinner

  • The Steuben County Youth Board presented its annual youth development awards at the Board’s 2013 Annual Dinner in Bath on Thursday, January 24, and two honorees were celebrated for supporting Steuben County children and youth over decades of service.

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  • The Steuben County Youth Board presented its annual youth development awards at the Board’s 2013 Annual Dinner in Bath on Thursday, January 24, and two honorees were celebrated for supporting Steuben County children and youth over decades of service.
    First awarded in 1994, the “Youth Service Worker of the Year Award” was presented to Bennett Joseph, a volunteer coach for over 50 years with community Little League and basketball programs in the Bath area and the Bath Haverling basketball program.
    “This award usually goes to a paid staff,” indicated presenter Jim Gallagher, “...but this year, it honors a volunteer, a man whose true passion is working with young people.” “It’s more than basketball skills, Coach has taught generations how to live the right way,” Gallagher added, “...and he’s taught hundreds of adults how to work with young people.”
    A new award in 2013, the “Champion for Youth” award was presented to Bath area radio personality David Taylor Smith for working ‘behind the scenes’ to improve the lives of Steuben County children.
    “David was the founder, creator, and force behind Tyrtle Beach,” cited presenter Gary Pruyn, referring to the annual grassroots fundraising campaign that Smith started in 1992. “This year, Tyrtle Beach could reach $500,000 raised, and every dollar goes to local youth programming.”
    Aas part of the Youth Board’s 2013 Annual Dinner at the Bath Country Club. The Board solicited nominations for the awards from schools, youth service agencies, and the community in November, and Joseph and Smith were selected from the nominations received.
    “Just think of the number of children whose lives have been touched by these two gentlemen over the years,” remarked Bill Caudill, Coordinator of the Steuben County Youth Bureau. “It really is incredible to think about.”
    Additional information about the Youth Bureau and the annual awards is available on the Steuben County website, ., and selecting the Youth Bureau on the Departments and Services tab.

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