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November 8, 2016

For Release: Immediately

Central Hudson Employee Named Woman of the Year by Poughkeepsie Junior League

Karen Kosack, an employee of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., was named Woman of the Year by the Junior League of Poughkeepsie, at their sixth annual at Denim & Diamonds Benefit Gala at Locust Grove on Nov. 4. Kosack, a Customer Service Representative with Central Hudson and 28-year employee, was honored for her work to improve public awareness and acceptance of individuals and families affected by autism.

Kosack launched the Autism Walk & Expos of the Hudson Valley in 2002, which has to date raised more than $1 million to fund support programs for families in the region, with a portion contributed to the Autism Society of America to supplement research efforts. She served as chairwoman for the walk for ten years, and as the president of the Hudson Valley chapter of the Autism Society for three years.  In addition, she co-founded the Parent Autism Advisory Panel with the Taconic Development Disability Services Office. 

Kosack is also a mother of two autistic children, now 17 and 20. “This recognition is truly an honor,” she said. “I do it for my children and for anyone affected by autism, so they can live better lives. I’ll always be a part of this mission. It’s near and dear to my heart.”

“The Junior League of Poughkeepsie is ecstatic to honor Karen Kosack as the 2016 Woman of the Year recipient,” said Cammie Jones, Board President. “Karen’s compassion and drive for her community encompasses everything the league stands for in regards to women improving their communities through effective action and leadership! She truly is an inspiration to us all and reminds us of the beauty of following your heart and how one’s passion can leave a positive impact for the community.” 

The Junior League of Poughkeepsie is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  Founded in 1919, The Junior League of Poughkeepsie is one of the oldest of the 298 Leagues worldwide and is part of the Association of Junior Leagues International.

“It is so wonderful to have the Junior League recognize Karen for something that we have all long seen: A devoted mother and employee, who has been the inspiration behind an entire movement to raise awareness and funds for autism-re­lated purposes here in the Hudson Valley,” said Denise Doring VanBuren, Vice President of Public Relations for Central Hudson and who was named Woman of the Year in 2012. “She represents the power of what one person can accomplish.”

“I appreciate working for Central Hudson because I’ve received wonderful sup­port throughout the years,” Kosack said. “I love helping people and that’s what I enjoy about working in customer service.”

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Photo credit: Beyond Horizons Photography
Karen Kosack, right, an employee of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., was named Woman of the Year by the Junior League of Poughkeepsie. Presenting the award was Junior League Board Chair Cammie Jones, left. Kosack, mother of two autistic children, launched the Autism Walk & Expos of the Hudson Valley in 2002, which has to date raised more than $1 million to fund support programs for families in the region, and co-founded the Parent Autism Advisory Panel with the Taconic Development Disability Services Office.