They are everywhere – in the house next door, behind the counter at the business down the street, at the board of directors table of your favorite nonprofit – volunteers and leaders who give their time and talents to our community. The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is fortunate to be surrounded by “Good People Doing Great Things”. Every day the Community Foundation is reminded that everyone in the region truly cares about their friends and neighbors and where they live, work and play.
Late last year the Community Foundation inaugurated its first Local Leaders, Local Legends recognition program, awarding the Sherry and Herb Clark Beacon of Philanthropy Award to two individuals, Arthur Director and the late Willard McRae. Both men have been exceptional legendary leaders in the community, supporting the county’s local nonprofits and CFMC itself in a myriad of ways to make Middlesex County a better place for all.
This spring the Community Foundation rolled out the full Local Leaders, Local Legends program: to highlight individuals and organizations who make a difference every day. The Community Foundation enlisted the help of the community, putting a call out for nominations of those individuals, organizations, or businesses who should be recognized and thanked. The Community Foundation asked members of the community to think about those they believe go above what would be expected – our community’s Local Leaders, Local Legends.
On Wednesday, July 27th the Community Foundation joined friends and honorees at the Wadsworth Mansion to honor some very special neighbors. Special guest Sarah Cody of Fox61 hosted the evening’s event. The Community Foundation is proud to announce the following honorees:
The Unsung Heroes award recognizes individuals whose role has been “behind the scenes” and not the face of the organization, but their contribution has made the local nonprofits or CFMC stronger by their support. This award was given to the following individuals:
Linda and John Bradshaw, Moodus
Sharon Griffin, Durham
Bernadette Jones, Westbrook
Gail and Andy Morris, Old Saybrook
Ralph “Biff” Shaw, Essex
George “Sonny” Whelen, IV, Lyme
The Outstanding Volunteer award recognizes excellence in volunteer service, leading to significant improvements in the quality of life in our community. This award given to the following individuals:
Lynda Hunnicutt, Westbrook
Cindy McNeil-Sola, Higganum
Deborah Moore, Killingworth
The Leadership award recognizes exceptional leadership in recruiting, motivating and coordinating volunteers, and providing clear direction by example. Two individuals were recognized with this award.
John Biddiscombe, Durham
David Director, Cromwell
The Corporate Supporter award recognizes outstanding, sustained commitment to building a culture of civic and charitable engagement through financial and in-kind support, as well as creating a corporate culture that encourages employees to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community service. This award was presented to the Council of Business Partners and its members.
Council of Business Partners: A & A Office Systems, A.R. Mazzotta Employment Specialists, Brown & Brown of CT, Inc., Belltown Motors, BEST Cleaners, Connecticut Lighting Centers, Direct Energy, Essex Printing/Events Magazines, Interfaith Golf Open Tournament, LiveKind, M & J Bus Company, Mahoney Sabol & Co., Malloves Jewelers, Paulson Training Programs, Nancy Raczka, Attorney, Elizabeth Schulman, LMFT, Suburban Stationers, The Black Seal, The Rossi Group
Community Foundation of Middlesex County congratulates the Local Leaders, Local Legend Honorees and extends a heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone who submitted a nomination for their special Local Leader, Local Legend. Middlesex County is fortunate to have so many great people working together to make our community the best place to live, work and play.
For further information on any of the honorees, the Local Leaders, Local Legends honors program, or the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and its programs and services, call 860-347-0025 or go to www.middlesexcountycf.org.
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