Crusader Awards go to Veterans Director Joe Hannagan and Island Charities.

The Salem County Office on Aging and Disabilities popular 12th Annual Disability Awareness Day will take place at the Riverview Inn on Thursday, October 13, with dozens of vendors and more than 150 people registered to attend.

New this year are two awards to recognize contributions to Salem County’s disabled residents. Joe Hannagan, Director of Veterans Services for Salem County, will receive the Salem County Crusader Citizenship Award, and Island Charities will receive the Crusader Award for Community Service.

The event will begin at 10 am with exhibitors sharing information about services, followed by a luncheon program at noon. Salem County Mental Health Administrator Rebecca Foraker will deliver the keynote speech, and two inspiring video presentations will be shown.

“Sincere congratulations to Joe Hannagan and Island Charities for the awesome work they do to help people in Salem County,” said Freeholder Director Julie Acton. “We also greatly appreciate the partnership with Mid Atlantic States and the Transamerica Agency network. Through their help, we are able to present an event that always generates a lot of enthusiasm.”

The Office on Aging and Disabilities is providing free specialized transportation to eligible residents. The lunch is complimentary through the assistance of sponsors Mid Atlantic States Career and Education Center and Transamerica Agency Network.

“The County is committed to assisting the disabled community, and this event allows residents to come together and learn about the various resources that are available,” said Freeholder Bob Vanderslice, Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee. “I think attendees will find this year’s program particularly uplifting.”

For more information on the event or to schedule transportation, please contact the Office on Aging and Disabilities at 339-8622.