(Advisory Board Chairman Frank LiVolsi addresses the crowd.)
"One City, One People, One Cause"
Theme for Annual Stamford Recognition Breakfast
STAMFORD – Salvation Army Stamford Corps Officer Lieutenant Walter Droz welcomed guests to the second Stamford Recognition Breakfast on Friday morning, May 10, at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Shippan Avenue. He welcomed the Army’s guests, friends, donors, volunteers and advisory board members and thanked them for their help and support throughout the year. "It’s you that helps us do the most good, to the most people, in the most need. The Salvation Army, at its deepest core, believes that it’s the power of God that ultimately brings redemption to those who are in need. Needs that range from physical to spiritual, needs that could not be met if it was not for your time, your talents, your resources and your contributions. Today we say thank you to all, but we also take this time to simply honor those who go beyond the call of duty and give it back to the community."
The awards presentations were next and Shawn Tyson, the Volunteer of the Year, was first to be recognized. Shawn assists the Army in many ways. She greets clients in the front reception area, answers the phones, counts donations, plays the piano and sings for the clients. Shawn was first introduced to the Army at The Salvation Army School for the Blind in Jamaica and the Army is truly blessed to have her as a volunteer.
The highest Salvation Army honor – the "Others" Award – was then presented to Kate Lombardo. Kate truly fits the description of helping others. She operated the food bank during the Superstorm Sandy disaster and helped The Salvation Army to provide over 1,700 meals, 800 snacks, and 3,500 drinks in seven different locations in Stamford and Greenwich. She also helped the Stamford Corps with over 350 turkeys at Thanksgiving.
GE Financial was also thanked for assisting at the annual back-to-school backpack giveaway. Twenty volunteers served over 2,000 people with food, cotton candy, popcorn, crowd control, and anything else that needed attention and loving care. Jay Maronilla thanked the Army and accepted the award on behalf of his colleagues at GE.
Overall, attendees had a wonderful time and left with an even greater understanding of how Stamford is truly "one city, one people, one cause."