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Nov. 29, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Executive Honored by the Boy Scouts of America 

Denise Doring VanBuren, Vice President of Public Relations at Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., was honored by the Hudson Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America with the Dutchess County Distinguished Citizens Award. This annual recognition is presented to individuals and organizations who, based on their commitment to the community in which they live and work, exemplify in their daily lives the ideals of scouting as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law. The award ceremony was held at the newly constructed Armistead Family Welcome Center at the Scout's longtime Camp Nooteeming property in the Town of Pleasant Valley.

"I am grateful to be honored – and also to join a list of many outstanding local leaders who have been recognized with this award in prior years," said VanBuren. "I also accept this award on behalf of my colleagues at Central Hudson, past and present, who have supported and promoted volunteerism, local commitment and strong moral values since our founding in 1900."

"Annually, the Hudson Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America honors an outstanding community leader that exemplifies the virtues found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law," said David Horton, Scout Executive and CEO, Hudson Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  "The 2018 recipient, Denise Doring VanBuren, embodies each of those virtues on a daily basis in her corporate, community, and personal interactions with the people of Dutchess County and beyond. She is a true testament to the tenant of servant leadership, and practices these ideals on a routine basis. This was clearly the case last evening, as many community and business leaders from the greater Hudson Valley gathered to honor her and offer a resounding ‘thank you' for all of her efforts to improve the area we call home. The Hudson Valley Council, BSA is thankful to have had the opportunity to present this prestigious award to Denise Doring VanBuren." 

VanBuren, who has been with Central Hudson for more than 25 years, is also a longtime volunteer for a variety of causes throughout Dutchess County, particularly the Fishkill Rural Cemetery, the Exchange Club of Southern Dutchess, the Beacon Historical Society and the Melzingah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

"I have always appreciated the values-based nature of Scouting, and am also impressed with its emphasis on community service," said VanBuren. "Thank you, Scouting, for providing this platform for our young people to make a meaningful difference in their local communities."

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Denise Doring VanBuren, Vice President of Public Relations at Central Hudson, received the Dutchess County Distinguished Citizen Award from the Hudson Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America, presented by Eagle Scout Ryan Richard of Boy Scout Troop 128, Rhinebeck at the newly constructed Armistead  Family Welcome Center at the Scouts’ longtime Camp Nooteeming property in Pleasant Valley. Richard is a Junior at SUNY New Paltz, studying Geology.


About the Hudson Valley Council

The Hudson Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America currently serves more than 7,000 young people through Scouting and Learning for Life Programs in the New York Counties of Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Pike County in Pennsylvania. Its mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.


About Central Hudson

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., is an energy delivery company headquartered in Poughkeepsie, New York. The utility serves approximately 300,000 electric and 80,000 natural gas customers in eight counties of New York State’s Mid-Hudson River Valley, delivering natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends north from the suburbs of metropolitan New York City to the Capital District around Albany.