Town To Honor 11 Extraordinary Women At Annual Pathfinder Awards Ceremony

Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and members of the Hempstead Town Board will honor 11 women who live or work in the Town of Hempstead for their outstanding contributions to the community at the town’s annual Pathfinder Awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Hempstead Town’s Annual Pathfinder Awards Ceremony, which takes place during Women’s History Month, celebrates the victories and profound contributions of women in a variety of roles. The supervisor has invited the public to attend the inspiring program, which will commence at 3 p.m. at the Nathan L. H. Bennett Pavilion, Hempstead Town Hall, 1 Washington Street, Hempstead.

“The town’s Pathfinder Committee learned of so many incredible achievements and accomplishments as they sifted through the award nominations,” noted Supervisor Santino. “Our township, indeed, the world, is a better place because of the work, philanthropy, sincerity, skills and dedication of each of the women being recognized at this year’s ceremony.”

Laura Maier, owner of the three Dairy Queens on Long Island, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Maier started out in healthcare, a field in which she worked for more than a dozen years, but she noticed the absence of Dairy Queens in this area. It became her goal to fill that void, and in 2013 she opened Long Island’s first Dairy Queen in Massapequa. It was so successful that she went on to open stores in Levittown and Huntington with a fourth Long Island location scheduled to open soon. Maier uses her business to help local organizations such as school groups, sports teams and charitable entities. In the last three years, Laura’s three stores have helped to raise $15,000 from Miracle Treat Day, where a portion of “Blizzard” sales go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

During the ceremony, women will be recognized in the categories of Arts and Entertainment, Business, Community Affairs, Education, Health Services, High School Senior, Humanitarian, Town of Hempstead Employee and Volunteer.

 “These honorees are women who have clearly achieved great success,” concluded Supervisor Santino. “However, their role in inspiring other women and future generations is what truly distinguishes them as Pathfinders.”