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Community service award for CB 4 DM

Lions Club to recognize Cassagnol

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:12 am, Thu Dec 5, 2013.

The Corona Lions Club has selected Cassagnol, along with five other individuals, as a recipient of the Corona Lions Community Service Award.

“It’s definitely cool,” he said. “I really appreciate the honor.”

The award will be presented to Cassagnol at the Corona Lions 46th annual dinner dance in Howard Beach on March 2.

“Christian is a young guy but he has so much drive and is very intelligent,” Corona Lions Club 2nd Vice President Roseann Geiger said. “He reaches out to every organization, he’s tireless and very dedicated. We like him a lot.”

Also to be presented at the gala will be awards for outstanding service in the legislative, business and humanitarian fields.

Past award winners include Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and Queens Center mall senior property manager Jeff Owen.

The prospective honorees are chosen by Geiger, club president Joseph DeGaetano and club seargent-at-arms Joseph DiMartino and then voted on by the board of the Corona Lions Club.

Geiger says there was no debate as to Cassagnol’s selection.

“There are certain people that go beyond that. They stand out,” she said. “Christian was absolutely a hands-down choice for the club.”

Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) will receive the club’s Legislative Award, while 110th Precinct Deputy Inspector Ronald Leyson will be given the Outstanding Community Service Award.

The 35-year-old Cassagnol took over as CB 4 district manager last October after Richard Italiano died of a heart attack in January 2012.

“Christian has had huge shoes to fill and he has filled those shoes well,” Geiger said. “Because of Christian’s natural abilities as a leader, combined with his love of our community, he just stepped up.”

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