Lund celebrates its supporters

Shelburne residents James and Lisa Pizzagalli at a Lund Award Dinner on March 28. James was honored with a Lund 2013 Heart of the Community Award.

Shelburne residents James and Lisa Pizzagalli at a Lund Award Dinner on March 28. James was honored with a Lund 2013 Heart of the Community Award.

“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 28. He made it clear that Lund is one of these great organizations. Lund feels strongly about Pizzagalli too. His niece, Lisa Pizzagalli, 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 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 night. Ann Bielawski and Theresa Tomasi were also celebrated for the impact that they’ve had on the women and children at Lund over the years.

Bielawski, of Charlotte, began by baking cookies for volunteers at a Lund phone-a-thon and hasn’t looked back. 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 support Lund, putting together Back-to-School backpacks, and 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 through Lund.

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.

For more information about Lund please visit www.lundvt.org

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