State Representative Selim Noujaim served as our Master of Ceremonies and is shown here with Senator Beth Bye and CCS students Kayleigh and Alexus.
The evening was kicked off by the grand entrance of the Mattatuck Drum Band leading some 40 enthralled CCS students through the crowd and into the dining room. "I loved the faces on the kids as we entered the building!," said Dan Griffin, band president. "They've never heard anything like us before!"
Some 30 CCS students of Bravo Waterbury! performed an assortment of musical presentations seen and heard clearly thanks to the stage, lighting, and sound support of PowerStation Events. Then it was time for guests to dig into the always delicious dinner at La Bella Vista and to finish bidding on over 100 items organized by fabulous co-chairs Rosemary Tessier and Marie Carroll and managed by incredibly capable students from Cheshire and Sacred Heart High Schools.
Bravo Waterbury!'s Program Director, Calida Jones, was awarded the Father Thomas H. Dwyer Humanitarian Award. Calida was presented by national recording artist Marty Q, who talked about the importance of music in his life since a child.
Steve Castaldi of MacDermid Incorporated received the Corporate Award and was presented by Mariah Fortunato, CCS alumnus and currently a sophomore at Westover School in Middlebury.
Danny Lyons, Operations Manager for Cumulus' Bridgeport radio stations WEBE and WICC, presented Sue Mellitt with the President's Award for Volunteerism. Sue and Kathy Picard served as co-chairs of the event and did a FABULOUS job.
The Waterbury YMCA and Jim O'Rourke, Executive Director were awarded the Attorney Robert E. Mellon Service Award. This award was presented by Ms. Kishana's CCS Dancers, whose performance received a standing ovation.
Larry Hoffler, Jr. - CCS class of 2001 and graduate of Central Connecticut State University - was awarded the CCS Alumni Hall of Fame Award. Larry was presented by Vernon L. Riddick, Jr., Waterbury's Chief of Police. whose gift for public speaking was abundantly evident.
Mary Ellen Spina of Ion Bank acknowledged the importance of volunteers, whether they be mentors, tutors, Challenge Group participants, or members of the building maintenance team.
Finally, our own 5th grader Anjevie gave a superlative presentation acknowledging the importance of CCS teachers in her past, present, and future life. Thanks to the generous gift of Ginny O'Rourke of O'Rourke & Birch Florists, every teacher at the dinner received a beautiful bouquet of flowers presented to them by their students.
The evening was over in time for everyone to get home to watch the UConn women's game - yet another success story!
THANK YOU, EVERYONE!