BRISTOL - Several individuals were honored for their selfless, philanthropic work in the Greater Bristol community at the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center’s 33rd Annual Humanitarian Dinner.
This year’s Humanitarian Service Award was given to the McPhee family of Bristol. Ted McPhee, his wife, Carol, and their children have contributed to the Bristol community for many years by being active volunteers in several local organizations. Ted and Carol McPhee are founding members of the McPhee Foundation, a private family foundation established in 1997, that has supported local charities and research with over $2 million.
“We are honored to be here and we hope that our foundation will continue for many, many generations after us,” said Ted McPhee after accepting the award.
Jan Neri of Southington also received the Humanitarian Service Award. Neri has been volunteering for organizations locally and statewide for over 30 years. Neri, recently retired, continues to volunteer for local organizations.
“This is just such an honor,” Neri said. “I couldn’t be more pleased for all this organization does for youth in our community.”
Eileen Adams received this year’s PLUS Award. Adams, who was born and raised in Bristol, is well-known for her leadership and volunteer efforts throughout the Bristol community because by serving on multiple boards, associations and committees.
“You are all here because this is what Bristol people do, we support our civic organizations,” Adams said. “While we volunteers give up our time [and] effort, volunteerism gives back to us as well,” she noted, adding how “valuable and life changing volunteering is to our community.”
The Oliver Gaudreau Lifetime Service Award for 2017 was presented to the five McCarthy brothers: Richard, Gary, Kevin, David, and Brian. They have collectively given close to 200 years of service to the club, and have all been members of the Older Members Association. Each joined the club at an early age and participated in the club’s swim team and the basketball team.
“On behalf of all of my brothers, we are very honored and proud to be here today,” Richard said when the brothers accepted the award.
Stephen Barberino, owner of Stephen AutoMall Centre, received this year’s Special Service Award. The Barberino family has a long history supporting multiple organizations and Stephen Barberino has taken on many commitments on his own. Since the opening of the new club in 2014, Stephen Barberino, in conjunction with Toyota, has donated $20,000 on an annual basis to support high-quality programs and obtain a truck used to service the club’s various sites.
“I’m accepting this award on behalf of my father and family. The reason I get to stand here tonight is because of my father and mother,” Stephen Barberino said. “You know, it was a journey for us to get here.”
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