Derby, CT – The Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys & Girls Club and Father Leonard Kvedas, pastor of St. Michael’s Parish in Beacon Falls, will share honors as recipients of the 4th Annual “Caring Heart” Award. The award is presented each year to an individual and a community organization in recognition of initiatives that support, promote, and improve the general health and well-being of the community.
Sponsored by the Woman and Heart Disease Committee at Griffin Hospital, in conjunction with National Heart Disease Month, the award presentations will take place on February 2nd at Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby. Registration and a silent auction will begin at 5:00 pm, followed by dinner at 6:00 pm and the program and awards. The guest speaker for the program is Samantha Heller, a well-known health expert who in addition to appearing regularly on TV shows such as Good Morning America, the Today Show and Dr. Oz, among others, is nutrition coordinator at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital.
Persons interested in attending should call 203.732.7584 or 203.732.1137 to reserve your seat. Cost is $35.
The LNV Boys and Girls Club is being recognized for exemplary attitude, skill and commitment to meeting the needs of Valley youth. The organization’s nominator wrote, “The staff emulates the club’s mission of striving to create positive self-identity, health and well-being, among the boys and girls it serves. Many of the staff are “graduates” who come back to work as counselors because they know it is a wonderful way to give back!”
Well known to the Valley, Father Kvedas, who celebrated his 50th year as a Catholic priest in 2011, is being recognized for his compassion, humility and faith, and “always being there to work with those God has put in his path over the course of his 50-year priesthood.”
The Woman and Heart Disease Committee is co-chaired by Daun Barrett, RN, and Dee Klingaman. Members include: Lisa Bisson, Laura Bracci, Joann Brejwo, Marie Cantito, Maureen Coffey, Jeannette Connelly, Dorothy Gandy, Joanne Halstead, RN, Anita Jain, RN, Eunice Lisk, Laurene Schultz, Maria Silvestre, RN, Mary Swansiger, RN and Barbara Ziemer. New members are always welcome.