By Ed Karvoski Jr. and Joan F. Simoneau
Marlborough – It was a night of “Glitz and Glam at the Inn” as the city's residents came together April 5 at the Mayor's Charity Ball held at the Holiday Inn.
The ball, which has been held each inaugural year since 1960, benefits the Mayor's Charity Relief Fund, which helps residents in need of financial assistance at times of crisis or hardship.
Mayor Arthur Vigeant, noting that this is the only major source of revenue for the fund, added that the response of residents and businesses had been “overwhelming.”
“In my more than two years as mayor of this great city I have witnessed first-hand the tremendous positive impact this fund has on our community,” he said, citing the assistance given to those affected by fires at the Lake Williams condominium and Main Street senior housing.
One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Humanitarian Award to Dave Walton, the president of the Marlborough Rotary Club and a current board member and past board chair of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce. ?Walton, the owner of Patriot Ambulance, Vigeant noted, had also served as a firefighter in Concord for 16 years.
Vigeant also presented a “Lifetime Community Service Award” to Joseph Valarioti, for his “many years of dedicated volunteer service to the city of Marlborough.” Valarioti is a longtime Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School Committee member and past chair of the Marlborough Recreation Commission and past president of the Marlborough Rotary Club.
The mayor thanked co-chairs Linda Ossing and Bob Kays and the group of dedicated committee members who helped with the event:? Christian Bastien, Trish Bernard, Dave Bouvier, Scott? Duplisea, Carol Hams, Penny Kahn, Ivette Mesmar, Pam Narahara, Doug Rowe, Susan Vigeant, Donna Barberio, Mike Berry, Wendy Butler,Mary Ann Giroux,? Gretta Holland, Anne Marie Kelley, Greg Mitrakas, Deb Roberts, Ken Skehill, and Dave Walton.
Major sponsors for the ball were: New Horizons at Marlborough, Patriot Ambulance, Brookfield U.S. Foundation, Gutierrez Construction Co., Marlborough Savings Bank, Republic Services and TJX.
Restaurant and caterers who provided food for the evening included:? Allora, Bella Cakes, Bolton Street Tavern, Buffet Way, Classic Pizza, Courtyard by Marriott, Embassy Suites Hotel, Firefly's, Fish, Half Way Café, Kennedy's Pub and Market, The Marlborough Country Club, The Olive Garden, The Vin Bin, ?The Wildwood? and ?students in the culinary arts program at the Assabet Valley Regional High School.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.