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Eastchester Clergyman Receives 'Silent Samaritan' Award

Community Members from Village Lutheran Church, The Chapel School and Concordia College-New York in attendance as Eastchester and Bronxville Rev. Robert Hartwell receives his award.
Community Members from Village Lutheran Church, The Chapel School and Concordia College-New York in attendance as Eastchester and Bronxville Rev. Robert Hartwell receives his award. Photo Credit: Village Lutheran Church

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Eastchester and Bronxville Rev. Dr. Robert Hartwell recently received the Silent Samaritan of the Year Award from The Lutheran Counseling Center.

Hartwell received the award at the "Black & White Masked Ball" on Long Island on Oct. 17, according to a press release. The event honors a special volunteer as "Silent Samaritan" of the year, according to the release.

Molly Blancke, executive director of the center, described a Silent Samaritan as "someone who has dedicated extensive time and talents to carry out our mission to be a healing ministry of the Church and whose work has made a large impact on those we serve," according to the release.

In his acceptance speech, Hartwell said that "hundreds of church members, school families and community individuals have received counseling that was faith sensitive and caring and close to home. And this care was a life saver for so many. Congregations and schools, now more than ever need, to partner with local counseling centers for the sake of their members and families," according to the release.

Hartwell also serves on the Board of Directors of the Counseling Center in Bronxville, according to the release.

"We are blessed to have such precious resources both in the Village (of Bronxville) and up the hill," he said in the release. "It is my honor to try and be supportive of both as they both provide valuable support to our community."

Hartwell also serves as co-chair of the Bronxville, Tuckahoe, and Eastchester Interfaith Council and as Senior Pastor of Village Lutheran Church and The Chapel School in Bronxville, according to the release.

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