Annual award recognizes outstanding civic contributions by Haddonfield organizations and individuals
Haddonfield, NJ March 11, 2014 —The Haddonfield Civic Association (HCA) is pleased to announce that Jack O’Malley has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the Alfred E. Driscoll Award for Community Service. Mr. O’Malley will be presented the Award at the HCA’s Annual Meeting and Town Dinner on April 24, 2014 at Tavistock Country Club.
“On behalf of the Haddonfield Civic Association, I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Alfred E. Driscoll Community Service Award is Jack O’Malley,” said Lee Albright, HCA President. “The Board of Governors is very impressed with his extensive record of dedication to Haddonfield’s Youth Sports Programs as a coach, through service in related organizations and his participation in several important civic causes. The Driscoll Award was created to recognize the role models in our community with the hope that others will be inspired to do the same. Jack has been a perfect example of the ‘uncommon’ volunteer the Driscoll Award seeks to honor. It was a slam dunk!”
A lifelong resident of Haddonfield, Mr. O’Malley has actively volunteered for various sports and civic organizations for more than 20 years. Over the years, he has coached numerous youth sports teams, including those of his children, but also many teams on which his own children didn’t play.
Since 1992, Mr. O’Malley has coached various youth sports teams in town, including Little League, Pigtail Softball, Youth Basketball, Youth Soccer and Youth Football teams. In addition to coaching teams, Mr. O’Malley is an active member of several athletics-based boards in town, including:
HMHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee (committee member since 2006 and Committee Chairman since 2011)
Haddonfield Youth Soccer Board (1998 – present) where he has served as the Vice President of Administration the last 12 years
Haddonfield Youth Basketball Association, for which he is a founding member and Vice President of Player Development (2001-present)
Haddonfield Recreation Council (2000 – present) representing various sports Haddonfield Youth Football and Cheerleading Board member since 2012.
In addition to volunteering for sports-related organizations, Mr. O’Malley dedicates many hours to civic causes and groups, including the BOE formed Community Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC), of which he was a member from 2008-2010 and helped create the Drexel Partnership and Tuition Student Programs; the Turf Field Committee from 2010– 2013, where he helped raise more than $600,000 for two turf fields at HMHS; the “One Haddonfield” committee, of which he was a founder and Chairman; and Tavistock Country Club as a member of both the Entertainment and Golf Committees.
Mr. O’Malley is also an ardent supporter of Autism Speaks, helping team “Rally for O’Malley” raise over $200,000 for autism research since 1999.
“As a lifelong resident of Haddonfield, I am very familiar with the Alfred E. Driscoll Award and all it stands for, and I am surprised and honored to be recognized as the Civic Association’s 2014 recipient,” said O’Malley. “The list of previous honorees is humbling to say the least, and I am proud to be in such select company. I have always felt that in a town like Haddonfield, it is the spirit and dedication of our volunteers that make this such a wonderful place to grow up and raise our own children. I have been blessed to serve our community with so many other great people, and while I like to think I have given back, I have truly received so much more.”
O’Malley and his wife Ginger have 3 children: Paige, 22, Johnny, 20, and Patrick, 17.
About the Driscoll Award
Since 1931, the Haddonfield Civic Association has recognized individuals or organizations that have made a lasting, positive impact on our town in a volunteer capacity. Each year, the HCA presents the Alfred E. Driscoll Award honoring the late Governor Driscoll, a distinguished citizen of Haddonfield and the state of New Jersey. The Award acknowledges
an uncommon effort made on behalf of the community, with the intention that those who receive it will inspire others, and that it will encourage broader participation in civic activities in the Haddonfield community.
The community is welcome to attend the HCA’s Annual Meeting and Town Hall on April 24th at Tavistock Country Club.
In addition to honoring Mr. O’Malley as the Driscoll Award winner, the HCA will also recognize the Bradshaw Essay Contest Winners and the Kaufman Award Performing Arts Recipient from Haddonfield Memorial High School.
Information about the event and tickets will be available in March at www.haddonfieldcivic.com.
Please contact HCA Publicity Chair Caroline Foote (email@example.com) for more information about the Driscoll Award and the HCA Annual Meeting and Town Dinner.
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