Volunteers honored at community recognition event

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Several individuals were honored during the Volunteer Recognition Reception on April 25. Fairfield honorees included, Operation Hope Club members Signe Wennberg-Merritt, Marco Congello and Paul Ruscito, shown here with United Way’s Volunteer Engagement Manager Erica Simpson, Carla Miklos of Operation Hope and First Selectman Michael Tetreau.

As a crowd of more than 80 award winners, agency representatives and guests gathered at Fairfield Ludlowe High School on April 25, First Selectman Michael Tetreau welcomed the group for an evening of camaraderie and celebration.

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Operation Hope volunteer Lisa Bond, also with Simpson and Tetreau, was honored at the event.

April is National Volunteer month, and to help celebrate and honor  community volunteers, the Voluntary Action Center of United Way of Coastal Fairfield County hosted the 2013 annual Volunteer Recognition Reception. This event recognizes the volunteers who give their time, talents and treasures to serve in nonprofit organizations and programs in coastal Fairfield County. Volunteers were from the 12-town footprint — Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.

Fifteen youth and 19 adults were honored in front of their guests, agencies for which they volunteer and other community members. Fairfield honorees included Signe Wennberg-Merritt, Marco Congello and Paul Ruscito of Operation Hope Club of Fairfield Ludlowe High School and Lisa Bond of Operation Hope. Tetreau presented the awards to each volunteer with United Way Volunteer Engagement Manager Erica Simpson.

“It was such a pleasure being able to honor these amazing individuals, and get to know them, their family and friends and the wonderful agencies that nominated them,” Simpson said. “Their gift of time is invaluable to these organizations and they have become part of their family.”

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