Suffolk County Legislators Tom Cilmi and Steven J. Flotteron stopped by to show their support for Rebecca Clock, a 16 year old junior from St. John the Baptist High School. For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Ms. Clock of Troop 1968, planned and hosted a prom for veterans at the Rusy Bohm American Legion Post 411 in Islip.
Legislator Cilmi said, “Rebecca comes from a family of patriots. Her father and grandfather, Post Commander Dominick DeCrescenzo, are both veterans and the whole family is active at the Post. She learned that many veterans missed their prom as a result of their service, and she thought this would be a nice way to give something back. I’ve known Rebecca since she was a little girl. She has grown into a beautiful, smart young woman with the kindest of hearts. I’m so proud of her.”
Legislator Flotteron said, “It was great to see the smiles on the faces of these American heroes. They danced the night away as if they were back in high school. I don’t think Rebecca realizes how special this event really was. It’s a testament to the value of scouting. I’m just so thrilled I could be there to participate.”
The prom was held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 with over 50 guests, including a number of WWII veterans, the oldest of which is 98. The room was decorated by volunteers. Raffle baskets were made with donations from the community, with proceeds going to support programs at the American Legion Post. Music was provided free of charge by Partners In Sound DJ Mike Pitera, who was also able to provide a doo-wop group, “All Good Friends.” Capping the evening off, a prom king and queen were crowned.
The Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouts and is a crowning achievement for young women who spend years serving their community through scouting.