The Leader Staff

BATH – As many as 17 youth from across Steuben County will be recognized for overcoming overwhelming challenges at the 26th annual The Jack Lisi Youth Award Banquet slated.

The event will be at 6 p.m., May 5 at C.E. Westcott Post 173 American Legion, 14 West William St.

The award is presented to young people, ages 16 through 21, living in Steuben or currently registered in one of the following school districts; Addison, Alfred-Almond, Arkport, Avoca, Bath, Bradford, Campbell-Savona, Canaseraga, Canisteo-Greenwood, Corning-Painted Post Area, Hammondsport, Hornell City, Jasper-Troupsburg, Prattsburgh, and Wayland-Cohocton.

Recipients will be named at the banquet, which is named after the late Steuben County Sheriff Jack Lisi.

The Sheriff from 1969-1987, Lisi strongly believed youth needed someone to care, show support, assistance and guidance in become contributing members of society. Lisi died in 1991.

Since 1992, the program has assisted 210 young adults with non-cash awards such as higher education assistance, computers, tools, or clothing for work. The awards have been valued at $204,900.

Tickets for the banquet are $25 per person and are available at the Hornell Concern for Youth, 76 E Main St., Hornell; 324-0808; the Steuben County Youth Bureau, 3 E Pulteney Square, Bath; 664-2119; Dormann Library, 101 West Morris St., Bath; 776-4613; and Corning Area Youth Center, 79 Flint Ave., Corning; 936-3507.

Checks should be payable to “Jack Lisi Youth Award, Inc.” with a memo: “Jack Lisi Dinner”.

Founded in 1991 shortly after Sheriff Jack Lisi’s death, its mission is to continue his legacy of caring and assisting young adults in their future success. The original founders formed a leadership committee under the auspices of the Steuben County Youth Bureau and Steuben County RSVP Program.

In 1999, this original steering committee became a Board of Directors as Jack Lisi Youth Award was officially incorporated as a legal nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible.