Jeanette Perez, a 15-year resident of North Babylon who is active in her local school and community and has also raised significant funds for cancer research, has been selected by Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly (D-Huntington Station) as the District 17 Woman of Distinction for 2018. Legislator Donnelly had the opportunity to honor Ms. Perez by presenting her with a special Proclamation at the annual Suffolk County Women of Distinction Luncheon on March 20, 2018 at the William H. Rogers Legislature Building in Hauppauge.
Ms. Perez is a member of the North Babylon and Woods Road Elementary School PTAs where she has chaired various committees and helped organize many events including: the Boo-Hoo Breakfast, Latin Night, Class Parent Breakfast, Pumpkin Patch and the annual Book Fair. She decorates the school for holidays and special events and takes on any other tasks as needed.
In addition to countless leadership roles and activities in her school district, Ms. Perez is also active in the community. She and her family have spent many Thanksgiving holidays delivering and serving homebound individuals in the metropolitan area through the Meals on Wheels program. They have met the needs of hundreds of vulnerable residents who might not otherwise have received any meals or visitors that day. Ms. Perez has organized teams for the Making Strides against Cancer Walk, helping to raise more $8,000 in the effort to find a cure.
A 2016 recipient of the Woods Road Elementary School Parent Teacher Association’s Unsung Hero Award and a 2017 Town of Babylon Hispanic Heritage Festival honoree, Ms. Perez resides with her husband Carlos in North Babylon. They have has four children. She was nominated for the District 17 Woman of Distinction award by Madeline Quintyne-McConney, Town of Babylon Commissioner of Human Services.
“Jeanette Perez has demonstrated a spirited commitment to the school, community and charitable organizations and causes,” said Legislator Donnelly. “I am honored to designate her as a most-deserving recipient of my first District 17 Woman of Distinction.”