HOWARD BEACH – On Tuesday, April 14, New York Families for Autistic Children (NYFAC) President & CEO Andrew Baumann was presented with “The Douglas MacArthur Award for Exemplary Service to Youth” by the Springfield Gardens Lodge, No. 1057 of the Masons.
The award was bestowed to Baumann, along with fellow honorees James and Hedwig DeBonet, for his “endearing work in developing NYFAC and [his] dedication to the less fortunate.”
“It was an honor and a privilege to receive this award, which was made even more meaningful since my own father was a Mason,” said Baumann. “The work we do at NYFAC is a reward unto itself, and to be recognized by the Masons was very moving.”
Master Ernest G. Mendler, in his remarks to the crowd, echoed Baumann’s sentiments.
“A great leader, by his very nature, is a servant,” he said.
Baumann, along with his wife Pamela and four other families whose lives were touched by autism, began NYFAC in 1998 with a dream: to help those along the spectrum learn, develop and grow to their fullest potential.
Today, NYFAC s over 20 different programs to the families it serves. To learn more, visit www.nyfac.org or call 347 566 3122.
PHOTOS COURTESY NYFAC
3036: Recipients of “The Douglas MacArthur Award for Exemplary Service to Youth” James and Hedwig DeBonet and Andrew Baumann, President & CEO, New York Families for Autistic Children (NYFAC)
3038: All the evening’s honorees with members of the Springfield Gardens Lodge, No. 1057 of the Masons