A Kenmore woman has been recognized with AARP New York's most prestigious volunteer award for community service.
Melissa Foster, president of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society, on Thursday received the 2016 Andrus Award, which is named for AARP founder Dr. Ethel Andrus, during a presentation in the Ken-Ton Municipal Building.
Foster, who founded the civic group in 2008, was chosen from a pool of nominees from across the state. Her organization is known for organizing popular community events in the village including Dog Days of Kenmore, a free children's concert series and the Mustache March 5K.
She received $5,000 to donate to the nonprofit organization of her choice and Foster chose Improvement America, a new national nonprofit she founded to replicate the Kenmore group's model elsewhere.