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TRENTON, N.J.—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes honored several outstanding volunteers from the greater Mercer County area at a ceremony last night in West Trenton.  Held by the New Jersey Municipal Alliance for the fifth year in a row, the dinner commends people from the community who have made tremendous efforts to impact the lives of their neighbors in a positive manner.

Hughes spoke briefly before presenting awards to this year’s winners, and focused on the pivotal role of volunteerism in crafting healthy communities.  “What seems like the smallest of actions to one person can change the life of another person tremendously,” said Hughes.  The County Executive encouraged everyone to think positively about the role that he or she can play in the community, reminding all present that “even the best-known volunteer organizations began as abstract ideas.”

Hughes also remarked upon the personal benefits of volunteer work, and explained that the best rewards often come in the form of inner satisfaction.  “By doing good deeds for others,” he said, “we not only give back to the community, but also gain a new appreciation for the good things in our everyday lives.”