Councilman Tompkins Honored with DeWitt Clinton Award

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Kenny Tompkins is being recognized for his contributions in community service.

 

DeWitt Clinton was the creator of the Erie Canal, Mayor of New York City, Governor of New York State and a noted Mason. The Award is given to volunteers who have made a notable contribution to the citizens of their community. It is the highest award given by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York for voluntary community service by a person who is not a mason.

Niagara LaSalle Lodge #132 of Free & Accepted Masons in Niagara Falls, New York, released the following statement:

Six weeks prior to the 2016 annual Memorial Day parade, Kenny found out it was not going to be held. He started making phone calls and put out a social media plea for sponsors and floats. He pulled together the Community Memorial Day Parade with over 50 floats and walkers and paid tribute to 12 WWII veterans.

 

Niagara Falls Councilman Ken Tompkins

 

In 2017, he orchestrated” Summerfest at the Sal” after a local band called asking to be in the parade. Unfortunately, at that time, we were not equipped to have a flatbed truck haul a band down our parade route. He suggested having a concert at the end of summer. This benefit concert now showcases 7 bands, 25 vendors selling their wares and several food trucks all to benefit the Niagara Falls Firefighter Christmas Toy Fund.  To date, over $23,000 has been raised to give our local less fortunate children.

In 2018, Kenny was made aware of a veteran who was taken advantage of by a local contractor. He coordinated over 40 vendors and subcontractors to build a $60,000 addition.

Finally this year he has built the Michael Lammerts Project float for the parade. It is comprised of pictures and descriptions of service for any veteran who was KIA, MIA or deceased after service.

 

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