Special Olympics holds annual Hall of Fame Dinner

Josh Pandolfi, Unsung Hero Award

Josh Pandolfi, Unsung Hero Award

Special Olympics Connecticut will hold its annual Hall of Fame Dinner Wednesday, March 25 to recognize its extraordinary athletes, volunteers and sponsors for their dedication, leadership, spirit and support. The event will take place at the Aqua Turf Country Club, 556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville. Registration begins at 5 p.m., and the program at 6 p.m.

Among the award recipients are Fairfield residents, John Riccardi, Susan Saint James Award (for leadership skills); and Josh Pandolfi, Unsung Hero Award.

The event is made possible through the generosity of the Bozzuto and Calvanese families, hosts for the evening. Emcees will include NBC Connecticut’s Brad Field and iHeart Radio’s Renee DiNino. The theme of this year’s Hall of Fame is “Play Unified,” in celebration of Special Olympics’ Unified Sports® program in Connecticut and around the world.

Reservations may be made by calling 203-230-1201, ext. 276 or emailing [email protected] The cost is $25 per person or $250 for a table of 10. To find out more, visit soct.org.

This year’s Hall of Fame award recipients include:

John Riccardi, Susan Saint James Award (for leadership skills)

John Riccardi, Susan Saint James Award (for leadership skills)

Hall of Fame – Individuals or groups who have made contributions of time and resources that have significantly impacted Special Olympics Connecticut

Eunice Murtha Award – The William H. Pitt Foundation, Inc., Stamford

Community Leadership Award – Marcus Communications, Inc., Manchester

Lew Perkins Coach Award – Charlene Luzefski, Bristol

Sheila Schmidt Award – Burdeen Camp, Branford

Bozzuto Family Award – The Steel Family, Hamden

Susan Saint James Award (for leadership skills) – John Riccardi, Fairfield

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Award – Raymond L. Hadden, III, New Milford

Spirit of Life Awards

Special Olympics athletes who exemplify the true spirit and meaning of Special Olympics

Kevin Brown, Bristol

Sondra Carden, Clinton

Kristin Connolly, Milford

Marshall Firmender, Milford

Breona Henderson, Waterbury

Michael Kalisz, Marlborough

Jake Segla, Naugatuck

Anthony “Tony” Thomas, West Hartford

Unsung Hero Awards

Volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes for Special Olympics Connecticut with no expectation of recognition or reward

Ellen Cocores, New Britain

David Denunzio, Willimantic

Mary Eberle, Bloomfield

John Keeley, Prospect

Alanna Licursi-Rich, Bethel

Josh Pandolfi, Fairfield

Fred Pariseau, South Windsor

Priscilla Solley, Bristol

About Special Olympics Connecticut

Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for over 13,000 athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities and Unified Sports® partners – their teammates without disabilities.

Through the joy of sport, the Special Olympics movement transforms lives and communities throughout the state and in 170 countries around the world by promoting good health and fitness and inspiring inclusion and respect for all people, on and off the playing field. (www.soct.org)

Partner Sponsors: Adams Hometown Markets/IGA Hometown Supermarkets, ESPN, Eversource Energy, Law Enforcement Torch Run, NBC Connecticut, TD Bank, ESPN, United Technologies and WWE.

Year-Round Suppliers: Adams Hometown Markets/IGA Hometown Supermarkets, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New England, Connecticut Portable Storage/PODs, Crystal Rock Water and Coffee Company, Dunkin’ Donuts, Graebel Moving Services, LLC, Guida’s Milk and Ice Cream, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Marcus Communications, State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Community Service and WORX.

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