"We get so much satisfaction and joy to be able to give our time to causes in which we really believe," agreed Gayle Alexander. "I think we get back much more than we give. We were truly touched to receive this award."
The award meant even more to the Alexanders as they were the first honorees to receive the award since it was given last year to Gordon J. Hazel Jr., who recently passed away after a long battle with prostate cancer.
"It is quite an honor to be considered in the same company as Gordon, the Booths and, for that matter, all of those who have been singled out in the past for this honor," said Dan Alexander. "One can't help but feel a little overwhelmed and even undeserving when you look at the list of recipients. We are both honored and humbled to be a part of that distinguished group."
"If I had to share an award with anyone, I can't think of a better person to share it with than my wife of 34 years and counting," he added. "She has a very big heart and is tireless in her support of community projects."
"That goes double for me," added Gayle Alexander. "I am always in awe of how much Dan can fit into a day, from early morning meetings to late nights in his study. I use him as my role model. I'm very pleased to see that kind of dedication recognized by our peers."
Bernardi said naming the Alexanders as this year's recipients was a well-made decision.
"This couple works extraordinarily hard for causes they believe in ... they are truly deserving of the classification as distinguished citizens," he said. "I'm so proud to be a friend of theirs. They're two people that I respect and admire a tremendous amount and they're both an incredible asset to our community."