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5/7/14: Mitch Flynn Named Erie County Senior of the Year


Founder & Driving Force Behind “Ride for Roswell”, Flynn is Active Volunteer, Businessman

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Today, Erie County Commissioner of Senior Services Randy Hoak was joined by President and CEO of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Dr. Donald Trump, community members, volunteers, and friends and family of Mr. Mitch Flynn as he recognized Mr. Flynn as the Erie County Department of Senior Services 2014 “Senior of the Year” in a ceremony held at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The 64-year old Flynn has a long and close affiliation with the “Ride for Roswell”, founding the event in 1996 and participating in the Ride in some capacity every year since then. Mr. Flynn is also among the top all-time fundraisers for the annual event. He also participates in other volunteer activities, serves on the board of GoBike Buffalo, and owns his own business.

“Volunteers like Mitch Flynn are the lifeblood of our community, and I congratulate him on being selected as ‘Senior of the Year’ for 2014. He is an active, energetic, and dedicated individual who cares what’s happening here in Erie County and works to improve the lives of others,” said Erie County Commissioner of Senior Services Randy Hoak. “Mitch’s selfless spirit is an inspiration to those around him, and his unbelievable work ethic has had tremendous results here at Roswell Park Cancer Institute as well as in his other endeavors. This award is in recognition of all that he’s done and the positive impact he’s had on the Ride and on our community.”

“Whether he’s on his bicycle or in the boardroom, Mitch’s tireless energy has been a driving force behind the success and longevity of The Ride For Roswell. He serves as an inspiration to riders and volunteers of all ages, and his vivacity and leadership are an incredible asset to Roswell Park Cancer Institute,” said Dr. Donald L. Trump, President & CEO of Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The “Citizen of the Year” honoree is an individual whose volunteer contributions to the community have had a significant impact on the quality of life for a large number of Erie County residents.  Nominees for the award exemplify the characteristics of “positive aging” including energy, vitality, creativity, and compassion. The announcement of Mr. Flynn as Senior of the Year is held in conjunction with May being celebrated nationally as Older Americans Month.