mt sakerPHOTO: From left are Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, Laura Saker and Richard Saker.

MIDDLETOWN – Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger and Township Committee have bestowed the Distinguished Citizen Award to Richard Saker, a community-minded businessman who generously supports his hometown. The award was presented to Saker at the February Township Committee meeting.

Saker, who heads Saker Shoprites Inc, is an ardent supporter of the township’s Cultural and Arts Council, the Middletown Arts Center, and Middletown Day. He’s a major sponsor of many township outreach programs including the Welcome Home Picnic for Vietnam Veterans and the Mayor’s Food Basket. He’s also dedicated member of the Economic Development Committee, explained Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger.

Saker is an ally in times of crisis, said Scharfenberger. He noted that Saker encouraged emergency responders in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to take necessary supplies from his damaged store to help storm-ravaged neighbors.

The Distinguished Citizen Award is presented to residents for recognition of outstanding community service. He is the first resident to receive the award in 2016.