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The Greater Pascack Valley Chamber of Commerce 2021 Citizen of the Year Awards Dinner, honoring recipients for their selfless contributions to the Pascack Valley, is set for Oct. 14, and you’re invited!

Bill McLaughlin and Scott Laughton have been selected as Citizens of the Year for 2021. Laughton served in the army, spent 25 years as a police officer, and more recently earned his nursing degree and assisted as a frontline worker during the pandemic. McLaughin is a chair and committee member for multiple organizations and even founded his own to assist families struggling after their children were diagnosed with life-threatening diseases.

A portion of the dinner profits will be donated to the recipients’ choice of charities and a portion will be used to fund the annual scholarships for deserving seniors at all Pascack Valley public high schools.

2021 Citizens of the Year Program

Want to leave a message for either of our honorees or advertise your business? Here's your chance! The 2021 Citizen of the Year Ad Journal will be distributed to everyone at the dinner and will be available for viewing on our website for the remainder of the year. Proceeds will benefit the Chamber's scholarship programs and other charitable organizations. Please email with any questions.

2021 Raffles & Silent Auction

Any businesses that donate items for the raffles or for the silent auctions will be advertised proudly with the donations! Please email Jenna Malley at if you would like to learn more or donate. No donation is too small!

Past Citizen of the Year Honorees

Citizen of the Year awards have been given every year by the Greater Pascack Valley Chamber of Commerce every year since Harold Effron was first honored in 1974. Below are the previous recipients of the Citizen of the Year award:

  • Peggy Andrews (2012)

  • James R. Beattie

  • Lynne Bennett

  • John Birkner (2012)

  • Donna Bott (2008)

  • Rev. Norman Brinkmann*

  • Lupe Budelman*

  • Andre DiMino

  • Libby & Keith Durie (2016)

  • Harold Effron* (1974)

  • Bernard J. Finnegan

  • Joseph Fisher

  • Mike Fitzsimmons (2018)

  • George Haskew, Jr.

  • Timothy Hampton

  • The Hodges Family (2015)

  • John Johl

  • Skip & Nina Kelley (2013)

  • Lois Kohan

  • William Kroepke* (2010)

  • Thomas Lehmann*

  • Jeanne Martin (2015)

  • Det. Rachel Morgan (2011)

  • George Mulhauser (2007)

  • Charles Naden*

  • Bea Napier (2010)

  • James Napolitano

  • Father Thomas J. Norton (1996)

  • Debra Oberg-Kmiecik

  • Julia Ogden (2018)

  • Florine Ponton*

  • Harry Randall* & Family (2009)

  • Kathy P. Randall

  • John Redden* (2004)

  • Yash Rishbud (2019)

  • Donald J. Ruschman

  • Jay & Elin Stolz

  • Lee Tremble

  • Susan C. Vaccaro (2019)

  • Sophie Werner*

  • Fred Winkler* (2008)

  • Louis R. Ycre, Jr.

  • Bergen Medical Volunteer Initiative (2016)