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Posted on: November 10, 2023

Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame - Bedford Awardees

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Congratulations to Bedford Seniors Entering the Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame

Three senior citizens from the Town of Bedford will be honored at the Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame awards on Friday, December 1st. 

Congratulations to Joanne M. Rosamond from Bedford Hills, Michael Berardino from Katonah & Hans Hallundbaek from Katonah.

Award Ceremony Details

An award ceremony and luncheon will be held at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown on Friday, December 1, 2023 from 11:30am to 3:00pm and will include music and dancing.  Click here to purchase a ticket, purchase a journal ad, or to learn more.

Three people pictured in a groupSpotlight on Hans Hallundbaek

Hall of Fame Awardee 


We are thrilled that on December 1st, Hans Hallundbaek of Katonah will receive an award and be entered into the Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame.

Hans is the founder of Interfaith Prison Partnership (IPP), cofounder of Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA), and his work at IPP led to the creation of Bedford's Prison Relations Advisory Committee. IPP's groundbreaking Adopt-A-Prison program which has had incredible impacts in Westchester and is being replicated throughout the world.

An ordained minister, Hans also taught theology at Sing Sing through the Union Theological Seminary for many years, and taught in the Philosophy Department on related issues.

Mike Berardino and grandchildren_nSpotlight on Michael Berardino

Hall of Fame Awardee 


We are thrilled to share that on December 1st, Michael Berardino of Katonah will receive an award and be entered into the Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame. 

Mike’s enormous contributions to the hamlet of Katonah span decades. An avid runner, Mike founded the Katonah  Road Race after 9/11/01 to remember the victims and come together as a community. The KVIS K5k and the Kids One Mile have become an institution in our town and includes runners of all ages. Mike worked to secure sponsorships for the KVIS race each year for over 20 years and raised tens of thousands of dollars for village improvement. Mike, who was the local State Farm agent for many residents, served on the Katonah Chamber of Commerce for 30+ years, on the Katonah Village Improvement Society board, and volunteered for Ride Connect. Beyond Katonah, Mike has been a United Way volunteer for 10 years and a Westchester Christmas Dinner board member for 30 + years. 

Mike’s enthusiasm, leadership and hands-on approach are the hallmark of his many contributions to Katonah. Not only has he led so many amazing initiatives, he is also well-known and much appreciated for his boots-on-the-ground approach and willingness to do whatever it takes to successfully lift up the best of the community of Katonah. Thank you, Mike!


Marie Scarsella, Karen Hanratty, Joanne Rosamond, Bobbi Bittker, Lorraine OConnor, Sissel GunvaldsenSpotlight on Joanne Roasmond:

Joanne has spent her entire adult life volunteering for the people of Westchester, and in particular for the women of Westchester. She is particularly proud of the work she has done as a member (and now President) of the Westchester Co Federation of Women’s Clubs. With 16 individual Women’s Clubs under its auspices, the Federation has been raising money for scholarships for female Westchester Community College students for over 70 years. Recently, they have also participated in organizing the donation of much-needed personal supplies to the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.

Here in Bedford, Joanne has turned the Bedford Hills Women’s Club into a warm and welcoming organization that provides scholarships for female Fox Lane High School students, as well as social, intellectual and physical events for the members to participate in. From the knitting group that makes homemade blankets (through the Linus Project) for seriously ill children, to the Book Group and the Walking Club, the BH Women’s Club is a social hub for its 40 or so members, most of whom are senior citizens. Thank you, Joanne, for all you do! 

Fun fact: Joanne's mother was named to the Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame many years ago!

Stay tuned for a spotlight on each of the other Bedford awardees in the weeks ahead!

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