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Volunteer extraordinaire gets a well-deserved celebration at 90

Everyone wanted to pose for photos and sing Helen Babione’s praises at her celebration. For good reason.

At 90, Babione’s still going strong as one of the city’s most prolific volunteers.

“Stella and I use you as a role model. You’re inspirational,” board director Joe Pores said at the American Association for Caregiving Youth brunch in her honor.

Mayor Scott Singer proclaimed Helen Babione Day in Boca. County Commissioner Bob Weinroth called her a “pillar of the community” and read a “whereas” in her honor for “this momentous milestone.”

Posters full of articles and fliers showed how busy Babione’s been over the years with Kiwanis, Soroptomist, George Snow Scholarship Fund among legions of nonprofits she supports to this day.

Honoree Helen Babione, left, with Mayor Scott Singer and Dr. Connie Siskowski at the Association for Caregiving Youth tribute brunch.

Her longtime friend Loreen Herdeen called her “a Godly woman.”

“She helps those who need help with no fanfare,” she said. “This is a woman who has been doing this for over 50 years.”

Not surprisingly, Babione credited her late husband Bob. “He helped start the Y and I just followed in his footsteps,” she said.

The tribute drew 150 Babione fans like Rosemary and Ben Krieger to Broken Sound.

Dr. Connie Siskowski’s nonprofit that identifies and supports kids who take care of their loved ones sponsored the event in Babione’s honor.

Three seniors who depend on the programs and support of the Association of Caregiving Youth told their stories.

Some 97.5 percent of students they’ve supported graduate high school, instead of dropping out, Siskowski told the crowd.

By Marci Shatzman

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