Released 23 April 2012
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4TH NEW BRITAIN RECOGNITION DINNER
BEST ONE YET!
Bob and Marcia Anderson Receive The Salvation Army's Others
BRITAIN - The Fourth Annual Corps Recognition Dinner for The Salvation Army of
New Britain was held on April 24th at Generale Ameglio Society Hall on Beaver
Street in downtown New Britain. There was a large, enthusiastic crowd, with
checkbooks in hand, in attendance to help support The Salvation Army and its
many programs throughout the City. Guests, dignitaries, board members, award
recipients, and donors filled the room looking for old friends, new
acquaintances, good deals and great food. And there was a good quantity of all
of the above. There were also both silent and live auctions throughout the
program to keep everyone interested and to help increase the excitement in the
Kevin Nathan (a New Britain Corps advisory board member) from WVIT-TV 30 was
next up. He served as the master of ceremonies and kept the program moving. The
featured speaker was Scott Gray, CBS WTIC Radio Sports Commentator. Scott
discussed his long career covering sports in the Greater Hartford area and
entertained the audience with stories about personalities that he has met along
the way. He gave some details that you probably won't hear on the radio!
Robert (Bob) and Marcia
Next came the awards part of the program. The
top award from The Salvation Army is the Others Award. This year, long-time
Board members, Bob and Marcia Anderson were the recipients.
"The Others Award, honors an individual or organization exemplifying an
extraordinary spirit of service to others. The award is to someone in the
community who models compassion for others, someone who demonstrates the
self-giving love of God; someone who makes a concerted effort to impact the
community he/she lives in; someone who looks beyond him/herself and expresses
concern for others."
Bob has been a member of the New Britain advisory Board since 1972. He has
served previously as both board chairman and property chairman. He has overseen
several property projects over the years and has acted as a key liaison with
Divisional Headquarters for many years. Marcia has also been a board member and
participated in the Women's Auxiliary when the Corps had one. The Andersons
have been instrumental in starting the "Holiday Castle" program in New Britain.
They have also coordinated the Holiday toy program in the past. Four years ago,
they helped raise almost half of the $25,000 when the Corps was challenged by
Divisional Headquarters and received a matching grant toward the building and
operation of its expanded food pantry that opened in April 2010.
Major Stanley Newton said, "I have known Bob and Marcia Anderson for 8 years
now. They have been very dependable in supporting the projects and initiatives
that the New Britain Corps has undertaken - renovated food pantry, challenge
fund, annual recognition dinner, etc. I have come to appreciate over these
years the commitment and passion that I see in them for the Salvation Army, its
mission and ministry".
Additional Awards that were presented:
Award - the J Crew Club of New Britain High School
Heart to God Award - Helen-Mary Schwartz
Friends of The Salvation Army Award - Roger Perno and Roger's
The Good News Award - Emma Carpenter of Plainville High
The Hand to Man Award - Michael Slusarz
Doing the Most Good Award - William Dowling - New Britain Rock
Going once... Going twice...
Not forgetting the auction, valuable prizes were
auctioned with a lot of fun and excitement all around. "Chief Auctioneer Bill
Dowling, former Rock Cats owner, and his trustworthy assistant - Tom Monahan,
political anchor from WVIT-TV 30, teamed up to keep the action moving... and
the prices climbing. The audience seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. The
big question of the night was, would the Red Sox or Yankees tickets go for the
higher price? It would seem we need more Red Sox fans in attendance next
year... as the Yankees tickets won!
When the evening drew to a close, Major Newton thanked everyone for coming.
He thanked Bill Hall for serving as the program chairman and he all the
advisory board members for their help.