Recipients of the 2011 PACT Community Awards (left to right):  Carly Hall, Anne Corley, Katey Gray, Jay Zaetz (a member of the South Burlington Veterans Memorial Committee), and Bernie Smyle (a member of the South Burlington Veterans Memorial Committee).


Celebrating Community Members - 2011 PACT Awards

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Thursday May 05, 2011

“We thank you for living by the PACT vision to build and sustain a community of respect, compassion, and equality.”

So noted Megan Henry and Bianca Rizzio, PACTeen hosts of the second annual PACT Community Awards Dinner, in celebration of residents Katey Gray, Carly Hall, Anne Corley, and the South Burlington Veterans Memorial Committee, this year’s recipients of the awards.

Katey Gray, a senior at South Burlington High School, was celebrated for the respect and sincerity she has brought to her over 900 hours of community service during her high school career.  Carly Hall, also a senior at South Burlington High School, received recognition for the compassionate and respectful approach she has taken to her leadership roles in the school and community.  Anne Corley, the inspirational visionary behind the Angel Fund and other community initiatives, was honored for her inclusive, sincere approach to supporting families in need.  The South Burlington Veterans Memorial Committee was given praise for its mindful intent to recognize community veterans through the memorial to be built at Dorset Park.

The Sleepless Knights, St. Michael’s College co-ed a cappella group, provided entertainment for the 100-member audience, who offered the group a standing ovation at the end of their performance.

Ms. Henry and Ms. Rizzio offered thanks to the South Burlington Recreation Department, St. John Vianney, the South Burlington Rotary, TechGroup, and Marco’s, who provided support for the event, and closed the evening with the following words:  “Thank you for joining us tonight so that we might honor those in our community and share a meal and dialogue to listen to and learn from one another.  Each of you makes a positive difference in our community.” 

SOURCE: Susie Merrick, Contributor