PLATTSBURGH - The United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties Inc. has named Daniel E. and Gayle M. Alexander recipients of this year's Dorothy and Alan Booth Distinguished Citizen Award.
The Elizabethtown couple was presented the award during the organization's annual dinner at the West Side Ballroom Feb. 27. The award, established in 1985, recognizes its recipients for their commitment to the community.
The Alexanders exemplify what the Booths stood for, said United Way executive director John C. Bernardi
"Dorothy and Alan Booth epitomize volunteers, community spirit and compassion," said Bernardi. "Dan and Gayle are also credibly generous to the community with their money, their time, their energy and their enthusiasm."
"I like to refer to them as 'the dynamic duo,'" Bernardi added with a laugh.
The award was a surprise to the Alexanders, as the couple thought they were attending the annual dinner just as they have done in the past, to support the United Way and honor the Distinguished Citizen Award recipients.
"We were surprised and humbled to be considered in the company of the former recipients," said Dan Alexander. "John confirmed that we would be attending but did not say why."
"We always try to attend each year so in hindsight it was a strange question," added Gayle Alexander.
The Alexanders, who have both been avid supporters of the United Way, each said they were humbled when called to the podium. Dan Alexander, who chaired last year's fundraising campaign, said, like those honored before them, their commitments to the community aren't made to win awards.
"Our actions are based on the way we were brought up by our families, schools, church and our sense of responsibility to give back to the community," he said. "Gayle and I have been very fortunate in life; we've worked hard, enjoyed the fruits of those efforts and have been able to share with others. That in itself is reward enough, but to be so recognized with this award was truly a surprise."