The Eastern Queens Alliance held its annual Idlewild Benefit Awards Luncheon on March 16. The awards recognize people for their efforts on behalf of the environment, particularly the 325-acre Idlewild Wetland and Wildlife Preserve.
The 2013 honorees, shown here with EQA Chairwoman Barbara Brown, center, include Cassandra DePass, a teacher at IS 231, left; Dr. Ratan Dhar, assistant professor and coordinator of environmental health sciences at the School of Arts and Sciences; Alicia Hyndman, president of Community Education Council 29; Queens Borough President Helen Marshall; Andrea Scarborough of the Southern Queens Residents Environmental Justice Council; and Fay Hill of Friends of Springfield Park.
Marshall and Dhar received the group’s Snowy Egret Award for their commitment to spreading knowledge about the importance of protecting the environment.
DePass, Hyndman, Scarborough and Hill were recipients of the Community Service Egret Award.
The event took place at the Inn at New Hyde Park.