BY CAROL MCILMURRAY
NYACK- The Nyack Center hosted it’s 11th annual Women of Leadership and Vision Brunch honoring women of Rockland County making a difference in our community this past week. A scholarship of $1,000 dollars was awarded to Megan Towler, a senior at Nanuet High School, due to her volunteer work with two local charities.
Towler, 18, was selected for her essay depicting her volunteer work with Buddy Ball, a charity that pairs participants with mental/physical disabled children, and committing her time to ‘One Warm Coat’, a drive that brought jackets to the needy thru the Nyack Homeless Project, as a life changing and rewarding experience in her life.
Upon hearing the news that Megan Towler was to be honored for her efforts her mother, Deborah Towler, said she was “blown away.”
Towler first started volunteering for a government class in the Nanuet school system, and then she continued to donate her time for her religious education. Towler stayed on to volunteer past her required quota because she felt “it would be rude to just stop.” She went on to describe how giving her time so freely felt “simply wonderful.”
Kim Adel-Rosner, a former board member at Nyack Center and now a realtor with Wright Bros. told the Rockland County Times that Megan was selected for the Women of Leadership and Vision Scholarship because her essay demonstrated how “her volunteer work, especially with one young boy at Buddy Ball, made not only in someone else’s life, but her own life.”
Adel-Rosner also stated, “It was clear to see how passionate this young woman was about making a difference in the lives around her.”
In attendance at the event were local lady leaders such as County Legislature Harriet Cornell, NAACP leader Frances Pratt, Assembly Woman Helen Jaffe, as well their male counterparts Rockland Sherriff Lou Falco, and Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart.
Towler will use the scholarship money towards college tuition next year. Towler told the RCT that her top choice is George Mason University in Virginia. Towler is currently undecided where she will attend college because she is awaiting response from her college applications.