In 2001, the Society began giving a second award, in addition to the Ethical Humanist Award. The award was created to honor those who perform good works away from the limelight. It is periodically given to individuals and institutions that have given special, but publicly unnoted service over the years to improving the lives and community of all New Yorkers. Past recipients of the Community Service Award are:
2010 - Abe Markman, Former Chair of the NYSEC Public Issues Committee, for devoting his life to serving the disadvantaged and advocating equality for all.
2008 - Mike O'Neal, Owner of O'Neal's Restaurant, for his longstanding service to the Upper West Side and New York City. He took a stand in support of the smoking ban in restaurants and bars, unpopular among most in his industry. He has long been active in the West Side Chamber of Commerce, the Riverside Park Fund, the Westside Crime Prevention Program, Lincoln Square BID, and Project Find among other organizations.
2004 - Nicholas D’Agostino, Jr., Chairman of D'Agostino Supermarkets, for support of important city programs including the generous donation of thousands of pounds of food to City Harvest and Citymeals-on-Wheels.
2002 - Michal A. Rebell, Director of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity and the law firm of Simpson Thatcher and Bartlett for seeking reform for New York State’s educational finance system their importantwork in seeking to reapportion New York State’s funding for schools, which shortchanges New York City’s schoolchildren. .
2001 - Burton Freeman, Founder of My Own Book Fund, for the creation, sponsorship, and implementation of this program that fosters child literacy and a love of reading. The Fund provides $50 book-buying allowances and sponsors trips to bookstores for underserved third graders in New York City schools.
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