Each year, on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving, The Frederick Gunn School shares the joy of the holiday season by opening its campus to the community of Washington and presenting the annual Friend of the Green Award. This year, in lieu of an in-person gathering, the school is hosting a virtual celebration to present the 2020 Friend of the Green Award to the Town of Washington’s COVID Response Team.
The award will honor: Jim Brinton, First Selectman; Jay Hubelbank, Selectman; Michelle Gorra, Economic and Community Development Coordinator; Adam Woodruff, Chief of the Washington Ambulance Association; Heidi Johnson, Assistant Chief, Washington Ambulance Association; Darryl Wright, Chief of the Washington Volunteer Fire Department; Matt Costella, Resident State Trooper; and Patrick Kessler, Washington Police Officer.
The virtual awards ceremony will be held via Zoom on Saturday, November 21, at 5:30 p.m. EDT. All residents and business owners in Washington are invited to attend. Advance registration is required. To register, please go to: frederickgunn.org/friendofthegreen.
The Friend of the Green Award is presented annually to honor an individual or group that has contributed to the well-being of the town of Washington through their volunteer efforts. Past recipients have included: Fran and Michael Keilty (2019); Denise DeVault Trevenen (2018); Lake Waramaug Association, accepted by co-presidents Anne Block and Gail Berner (2017); the Washington Lions Club, accepted by John Quist, president (2016); Sheila Anson, Washington’s Town Clerk and Vice Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission (2015); the Institute of American Indian Studies (2014); JoAnne Torti of the After School Arts Program (2013); The Washington Fire Department and Washington Town Hall employees, accepted by First Selectman Mark Lyon and Fire Chief Mark Showalter (2012); Kirsten Peckerman, Steep Rock Association board member (2011), and Phil and Gretchen Farmer P’05, board members and past presidents of the Gunn Memorial Library and Museum (2010).
In the spirit of giving this holiday season, attendees are encouraged to make a financial contribution in support of the Washington/Warren Food Bank. Donations can be mailed to Washington Warren Food Bank, c/o Town of Washington, P.O. Box 383, Washington Depot, CT 06794. If you have any questions about the webinar, please call Jess Baker, Associate Director of Alumni & Parent Engagement, at (860) 350-0145.