Three members of the Diocese of Trenton will be honored Jan. 14, during Hamilton Township’s 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Tribute, 7 p.m., hosted by the Faith Baptist Church, 2111 Kuser Rd., Hamilton Township.
Thomas G. Mladenetz, executive director of Mercer County Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) will be accepting the Spirit of Community Service Award on behalf of his organization during the evening’s festivities.
Mercer County CYO has historically played an active role in supporting the youth of community it inhabits. In 2015 alone, CYO co-sponsored last year’s Dr. King tribute, erected a new $35,000 playground jungle gym at its Bromley Neighborhood Center in Hamilton and oversaw a township summer lunch program for children in need.
Also receiving $500 Student Community Service Scholarship Awards during the tribute will be Kassandra Sanchez and Faith Edwin, both seniors at Trenton Catholic Academy.
“The two students that were selected had tremendous community service,” said Patrick Hardiman, Mercer County CYO Yardville Branch/Bromley Center Director, “including volunteering at nursing homes, soup kitchens, after school programs, hospice centers and even went overseas to assist in other communities.” This is the second year the Dr. King tribute has awarded scholarships.
Students who apply for the scholarship, which goes toward college tuition and expenses, must be a Hamilton Township resident and attend one of the four Hamilton high schools: Trenton Catholic Academy, Nottingham, Steinert, or Hamilton. They must carry a 2.5 GPA, be an active participant in community service, have proven leadership skills and provide two letters of recommendation. The decision is made by the Hamilton Township Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Committee.
The event will also include musical selections and a keynote address by Lance Walker, pastor of Faith Baptist Church. The tribute is co-sponsored by the Township of Hamilton, CYO Bromley and J.O. Wilson Neighborhood Centers.
Admission to the event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 609-393-6480 or 609-587-8100.