SYFS Gala marks 10th anniversary
By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
Speaking on behalf of Central One Federal Credit Union, President and CEO David L’Ecuyer accepts the Harry S. Cutting Jr. Award from SYFS Executive Director Terry Cassidy. Central One was recognized for its longtime generosity to the social service agency. L’Ecuyer served as SYFS board president 10 years ago, when the Gala began.
Shrewsbury – A record number of 375 guests attended the 10th annual Gala to support Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services (SYFS), held March 15 at St. John’s High School.
The evening began with a reception and silent auction with music provided by vocalist John Howard and pianist Chris Leary. Following dinner, activities continued with a live auction and dancing to rock classics performed by Tension, a Shrewsbury-based band. Town Moderator Chris Mehne served as master of ceremonies. The Community Advocate was the media sponsor.
For information about SYFS, visit syfs-ma.org.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Anna and Lee Chittim check out silent auction items.
Students of the McInerney School of Irish Step Dancing in Worcester perform.
St. John’s A Cappella Group sing.
Gala Co-Chairs Amy Kotsopoulos and Jim Heald are surprised to get gift baskets and a standing ovation.
Pat Heald is amused by the antics of her son, Jim, as auctioneer.
Tom and Dana Kennedy mingle during the pre-dinner reception. He served as interim executive director of SYFS last January through May.
Mike Gregory bids $1,100 and wins an emerald-diamond pendant, custom designed and donated by Sach Jewelers. A drawing was conducted for the pendant and won by Karen Bean, who donated it back to be auctioned for additional fundraising.
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