WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino honored Mae Carpenter after she was named a recipient of the 2014 Women's Hall of Fame Award from the Women's Research and Education Fund.
Carpenter, of the county’s Department of Senior Programs and Services, received the honor on March 28 at WREF’s scholarship and awards luncheon at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Tarrytown. Astorino cited Carpenter for founding and spearheading the Livable Communities Initiative, which aims to create senior-friendly communities that enable older adults to live in their homes as they age, according to a press release.
“What would we do without Mae? For 35 years, Mae Carpenter has worked tirelessly for Westchester seniors, and I thank her for her vision and dedication," Astorino said.
AARP recognized the Livable Communities Initiative in 2012, when it named Westchester County as one of the first seven counties or cities in the United States to its Network of Age-Friendly Communities.
“We would not have won that award without Mae Carpenter’s leadership,” Astorino said.
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore presented Carpenter with the Women’s Hall of Fame Award, a gold medallion necklace, according to the release.
“We have to be ready to meet the challenges that each stage of our lives present,” Carpenter said.
The event honored 32 young women who received scholarships of between $2,000 and $5,000 to advance their education from WREF sponsors.
Sponsors included the Lanza Family Foundation; the Stock Family, LLC; Visiting Nurse Services of Westchester, Inc.; and the College of New Rochelle. Camille Murphy is executive director of WREF, which was founded in 1989 to promote equality and justice for Westchester’s women through training, advocacy and recognition of their achievements.