Bristol Boys & Girls Club recognizes humanitarians

Published on Thursday, 5 October 2017 21:06
Written by Lorenzo Burgio


BRISTOL -- The Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center will be honoring individuals and organizations from the Greater Bristol community at its 33rd Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner.

Four honorees that have been active in the community for years and are often working behind the scenes and volunteering hours to community service will be given awards. The awardees were chosen by a committee of volunteers, explained Sarah Lucian, marketing manager at the club.

The Humanitarian Awards will recognize Jan Neri and the McPhee family for their dedications, sacrifice and accomplishments in humanitarian service. Eileen Adams will receive this year’s PLUS award, which is presented each year to a woman, family or civic organization who unselfishly gives their time, energy and heartfelt devotion to the community.

Brian, David, Gary, Kevin and Richard McCarthy will receive the Oliver Gaudreau award. It is given out to a member of the Older Members Association, which embodies the characteristics the late Ollie Gaudreau represented over his lifetime. Gaudreau was a 70-year member of the club and spent a significant amount of his adult life working for its benefit.

The 2017 Special Service Award will be given out to Stephen AutoMall Centre, which it typically awarded to a business committed to serving the community through unselfish support of community organizations.

Awardees will speak about their experiences in the community, Lucian said, and this year’s Youth of the Year - an award given out by the club - will also speak about their time at the club.

“Last year was the first year we did a video presentation that showcased all of the club’s divisions, and we are excited to do so again this year,” Lucian said. She added that attendees should expect a gift handmade by kids at the Cambridge Park Clubhouse.

Mark DiVenere has been on the committee for the dinner for about eight years, and has been part of the club since he was 7 years old. He is in his first year as president of the club’s Board of Directors, but has been on the board for roughly 10 years.

“Personally, because I have such strong ties to the club, it’s nice to recognize people in the community and thank them for providing services for the community,” Divenere said. “Having been with the club so long, I’m now walking beside my mentors. It’s rewarding to be up there and recognize people who at one time were my mentors and to make that path accessible for kids.”

All proceeds from the event go to the club’s Smart Girls program, Lucian said. The program focuses on health, fitness, prevention, education and enhancing self-esteem. It is designed to meet the developmental needs of girls in three age groups from age 8 to 18, by offering activities, trips and mentoring opportunities.

The dinner is slated for Oct. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels in Bristol. Tickets will not be sold at the door, are $50 per person, and can be purchased online at or reserved by calling 860-540- 3102.

Lorenzo Burgio can be reached at or at 860-584-0501 x5088.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Forestville, General News on Thursday, 5 October 2017 21:06. Updated: Thursday, 5 October 2017 21:08.