A Monroe County woman is honored for her dedication and service to the local community.

Over 100 local officials and community members gathered at the Elks Lodge in East Stroudsburg on Tuesday night for the 11th annual A. Mitchell Palmer dinner. 

The award is in honor of the late A. Mitchell Palmer, a local attorney and businessman who also served as Attorney General of the United States and as a member of the House of Representatives in the early 1900's. Palmer was also a co-founder of the Elks Lodge.

The award is given each year to an individual for their long-term and continuous service to the local community.

This year's recipient was Sharon Laverdure who recently retired as superintendent of the East Stroudsburg School District. 

Over the years, Laverdure has been involved in more than twenty different community organizations.

"This year's recipient is like most of, or all of the recipients...very humble and really truly cares about other people and is sincere. Sharon just exemplifies that criteria," said chairman of the event, Dave Merklin,

"I love Monroe County. I moved here in 1973 and it's all about the people and the work we do for each other, so I'm very honored to be recognized for this [award]," said Laverdure. 

The A. Mitchell Palmer dinner raises money for scholarships for local students. The event has raised over $20,000 since 2010.