April 1, 2013

Supporting hope and changing lives: tireless volunteers honored by Lund

Posted in Awards, Volunteer Spotlight tagged , , , , , at 2:12 pm by Lund

Ann Bielawski, James Pizzagalli and Theresa Tomasi receive Heart of the Community Awards

“Great organizations make great communities,” said James Pizzagalli, one of Lund’s 2013 Heart of the Community Award winners at the awards dinner on March 28th and he made it clear that he sees Lund as one of these great organizations.  Lund feels strongly about Pizzagalli too.  His niece, Lisa Pizzagalli, who is  President of Lund’s Board of Trustees introduced him as a “tremendous leader with a  continued focus on children and families.”  James  Pizzagalli, of Shelburne, served on the Lund board for nine years from 1982 to 1991 and has continued to be a generous supporter and advisor as Lund has grown and changed over the years.  He played an especially important role in helping Lund to secure a new building at 50 Joy Drive, the former home of Pizzagalli Properties.  “Lund has developed into a tremendous organization,” said Pizzagalli, “and it’s great to be a part of it.”

Pizzagalli was not the only community member honored at the ceremony last Thursday night.  Ann Bielawski and Theresa Tomasi were also celebrated for the impact that they have had on the women and children at Lund over the years.

Bielawski, of Charlotte, began by baking cookies for volunteers at a Lund phonathon and hasn’t looked back since.  She has worked tirelessly on many projects varying from serving on the archives committee preserving Lund’s history, engaging members of Charlotte Congregational Church to also support Lund, putting together Back-to-School backpacks to filling in for the nurse at the residential treatment facility.  “I am so grateful to be here,” says Bielawski, “and grateful to be a volunteer at Lund.”

“Theresa is Lund,” said Wanda Audette, Director of Adoption at Lund, as she introduced Theresa Tomasi mother of 27 children and recipient of a Heart of the Community Award.  “I am inspired by her dedication to the growth and potential of her children and her family,” continued Audette.   Tomasi, of Williston, served as Executive Director at Lund and was the one who hired Audette.   “Lund has been very important to me, professionally and personally.  I am so grateful to Lund and so grateful for all my children,”  said Tomasi who was joined at the awards dinner by five of her children all of whom had been adopted.

The dinner was held at the Burlington Country Club and the delicious meal was augmented by chocolates donated by Lake Champlain Chocolates and cupcakes from My Little Cupcake that well very well received by the guests.  Thank you to both of these businesses for their support.

Ann Bielawski with friends from Charlotte Congregational Church

Ann Bielawski with friends from Charlotte Congregational Church

Lund is so grateful for the support of all three of these wonderful honorees and the many and varied ways in which they uphold the mission of Lund to help children and families thrive.   Their vision, perseverance and love is felt through every aspect of the organization.

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