TAFTON - On Thursday, November 2, Arthur and Gail Frey received the Ben Franklin Community Service Award sponsored by the Wayne County Community Foundation.
This is the 23rd year for the presentation of the award and with it goes a grant of $1,000 to the Newfoundland Food Pantry, which was chosen as the recipient by Mr. and Mrs. Frey.
The award recognizes their lifelong commitment to the communities of southern Wayne County.
In celebration of their accomplishments, a dinner was held at the Silver Birches Resort in Tafton. Attending were their family and friends as well as over a hundred supporters. Foundation 1st Vice President, Dr. Jay Starnes, presented the award and in his remarks took note of the fact that a great many of their gifts of kindness and monetary support were done anonymously.
“Wherever they saw a need, they were the first to help,” Starnes said in his closing.
Both of the Freys are very dedicated to the Newfoundland Community Food Pantry, Gail serving as the coordinator and Art a volunteer. Gail also serves on the Board of the Wayne County Food Pantry. Through their efforts thousands of food items have been distributed to those needing their help.
Gail is a member of the Tobyhanna/Newfoundland Lion’s Club and has chaired many worthwhile projects. She was a Girl Scout leader. Art is also a member of the Tobyhanna and Newfoundland Lion’s Club and serves on the Advisory Council for Wayne County.
He is Honorary Life Member of the Greene-Dreher Fair and a Lay Speaker for the United Methodist Church. Art and Gail were the recipients of the Newfoundland Rotary “Citizen of the Year” Award and the “Melvin Jones” Award.
Art was a funeral director for 54 years at Arthur J. Frey Funeral Home in LaAnna. He was the 5th generation in his family’s business. Arthur and Gail have been married for over 55 years and have three children; Susan Strada, Daniel Frey and Patricia Frey. They have five grandchildren: Brandon, Paula, and Kyle Strada; Amy Polifko, and Arthur Frey. They lived in South Sterling until 1970 when they moved to LaAnna. In 2013, they moved to Lake Ariel.
Also speaking were the Freys’ two daughters, Susan Strada and Patricia Frey. State Senator Lisa Baker presented a Resolution of the State Senate to mark the occasion.
Executive Director of Wayne County Community Foundation, Paul J. Edwards, was in charge of the dinner and awards banquet.