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On Friday, October 14, the Hopewell Valley community celebrated 20 years of the Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth initiative at the Hopewell Valley Mayors’ Breakfast held at and hosted by Capital Health – Hopewell. This year, the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance honored Lisa Wolff, Hopewell Valley Regional School District Board of Education President as Volunteer of the Year.

The annual Mayors’ Breakfast is a chance for community stakeholders to hear from the three local mayors in the Valley and also recognize individuals or organizations that have made a commitment to support and enhance the lives of young people. In attendance this year, among so many from the Hopewell Valley Community, were also Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, Assemblywoman Liz Muoio, Senator Shirley Turner and Freehold Pat Colavita.

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Speakers and the honoree were introduced by students at Hopewell Valley Central High School group PANDA (“Prevention of Alcohol N’ Drug Abuse”). And Global Connections Kenya student volunteers were keynote speakers sharing about their work with the organization and the initiatives they have been working on in Kenya.

“Being the 20th Anniversary of celebrating Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth, we wanted Hopewell Valley students to emcee the entire event. I was very proud of our PANDA student leaders who moderated the program and our Global Connections Kenya students who were our keynote speakers,” said Heidi Kahme, Coordinator of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

In introducing the Volunteer of the Year, Lisa Wolff, one student said, “Besides her lucrative list of accomplishments, I would like to take a second to talk about her personality. If you are ever nervous about something Ms. Wolff is the one to talk to!… From a 30 minute conversation, I can tell that Ms. Wolff just cares so genuinely much about the lives of those around her.”

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