The Man of the Hour at the Colonial Youth and Family Services annual fundraiser was Assemblyman Joe DeStefano, an ardent supporter of the group, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.
“I’m honored for being honored. As an elected official, it's always nice to be part of an event like this,” DeStefano told a large crowd of Colonial supporters at the Swan Lake Country Club. “Actually, being honored makes it even more special.” The event hosted golfers and other guests who enjoyed the links and a party that followed.
The Assemblyman singled out Linda Zach, who’s been the director of the service organization for 15 years and has worked there for 30. “What an amazing accomplishment and quite a commitment to your community,” he told the director. “Countless children and families have benefitted from your caring soul, and I truly thank you for what you have done for so many.”
He also gave a shout-out to the many patrons who turned out to make the event such a huge success. “Colonial Youth would not have made it this long without all of the people in this room who have stepped up with their generous support. You are here because you have big hearts and are dedicated to this group and all that they do. Congratulations to you.”
The honoree singled out Fred Towle from the South Shore Press for his years of support for the youth organization, as well as Premier sponsors Dime Bank and H2M architects + engineers. “There are so many more generous supporters–we’d be here all day just listing them,” DeStefano said from the podium.
Also responsible for Colonial’s success are its board of directors, whom the Assemblyman recognized individually: Bill Miller, Director Emeritus; Nancy Marks, board president; Pete Costelloe, vice president; Carmella Currao, treasurer; and board members Ken Olivo, Annette Monaco, Ava Torres, Rick Wiedersum, Connie Pellechia, and Candace Cartiglia.
“I have always been an advocate for you, and that will never change,” DeStefano said. “I look forward to working with Linda and Nancy and Bill and everyone else to keep this outstanding organization going for many more years to come.”