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Distinguished Citizens Burstyn, Berg and Harvey

by Terri Kayden

Actress and author Ellen Burstyn, composer and lyricist Neil Berg and singer and performer Rita Harvey will be the honorees at the Rockland Family Shelter’s 11th Annual Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner on May 2.

An Oscar, Tony and Emmy winner, Ellen Burstyn will be recognized for her commitment to creating a society founded upon equality and free of violence, including the dedication with which she has collaborated with the Rockland Family Shelter to raise awareness about violence against women and to help raise funds for RFS programs. Her voice is an inspirational force and she lends it generously to the causes she embraces.

Longstanding supporters of charitable organizations in Rockland County, Neil Berg and Rita Harvey will also be honored at the dinner. They have generously shared their extraordinary talents to raise awareness and funds for countless humanitarian organizations including the Rockland Family Shelter.

The 2010 Rockland Family Shelter Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner will be held Sunday, May 2, 2010 at The Clubhouse at Patriot Hills, 19 Clubhouse Lane, Stony Point, NY. Cocktails at 5:30p will followed by dinner at 6:30p.

The cost is $150 per person, or $1800 for a table of 12 which includes a complimentary Journal entry. RSVP by April 16 to Lea Carnevali at 845-634-3391 or visit

Rockland Family Shelter is a non-profit, grass roots organization serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. RFS’s mission is to offer services and support that promote safety for women and children while challenging and changing the social systems that tolerate and perpetuate violence and oppression against women and others who are oppressed.

Nyack People & Places, a weekly series that features photos and profiles of citizens and scenes near Nyack, NY, is sponsored by Sun River Health.

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