Senator Boucher Recognizes The Good Works Of Local Volunteers

March 2, 2010

Al’s Angels & ROAR Among Local Organizations Recognized During Weekend Ceremonies In Westport & Ridgefield

Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) was honored to participate in the Westport First Awards and Ridgefield Operation For Animal Rescue (ROAR) awards ceremony held this weekend to highlight the efforts of local volunteers who are dedicated to improving the quality of life in their communities.

Senator Boucher presented a Westport First Award to Al’s Angels founded in 2004 by Al DiGuido, founder and CEO of New York-based Zeta Interactive. Al’s Angels is dedicated to “providing moments of joy and comfort to families that are challenged by childhood cancer, rare blood diseases, AIDS and domestic violence” for thousands of children in the tri-state area with the help of volunteers and donations. The board of directors of Al’s Angels underwrites all fundraising and administrative expenses; 100% donations to Al’s Angels goes directly to the programs its supports. Senator Boucher presented the award to Al DiGuido.

“Thank you and God bless for all you do to brighten the loves of those less fortunate. And, just as important, for changing the lives of your amazing volunteers, Al’ Angel’s for the better. They would tell you that you are the wind beneath their wings. We know that you do not do what you do for any public recognition. That it is as you say “This is all about raising awareness for a group of people who have no spokesperson. But tonight, for just a brief moment, please accept the community’s appreciation and this Westport First Award” for truly making a difference in the lives of so many and for providing us with an example of what is good and decent in the human spirit,” said Senator Boucher.

Senator Boucher said she is inspired by the words of Al DiGuido: “What if it were you? What if it were your child? I have been haunted by these thoughts from my first contact with a child suffering and dying from cancer . . . If we can ease the pain and despair for just one brief moment, we will have succeeded.”

Other deserving recipients of the Westport First Awards include: Westport Women’s Club, Rick and Totney Benson, and The Kowalsky Brothers of Westport.

Senator Boucher also presented a legislative citation to Christopher Bishop, recipient of the first annual ROAR Community Star Award. He and his pet food company, Blue Buffalo, have donated countless volunteer hours and free cat and dog food since ROAR opened its shelter.

In part, the legislative citation presented by Senator Boucher stated: “The Connecticut General Assembly congratulates you for your significant contribution to the well-being of dogs and cats, enhancing the bond between people and animals, and enriching the lives of families and individuals throughout the community. The General Assembly is grateful for your service to the community and wishes you continued success.”