By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
Marlborough – Supporters from both sides of the political aisle united April 2 while attending the Mayor’s Charity Ball at the Holiday Inn & Guest Suites in Marlborough. Held each inaugural year since 1960, the ball benefits the Mayor’s Charity Relief Fund to help residents in need of financial assistance at times of crisis or emergency.
In the evening’s program, Mayor Arthur P. Vigeant cited examples of how the fund has recently assisted city residents: “We have helped those impacted by fires, like the one that destroyed a building on West Main Street in early February. During last year’s historic winter, we were able to help seniors and those with tight budgets afford to keep their heat on. Throughout the holiday season, when the demand on local organizations for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner items mounted, the Charity Relief Fund helped make possible those special meals we so often take for granted.”
Bob Kays and Linda Ossing once again served as event co-chairs. This year’s theme was “Masquerade at the Inn.” Guests sampled offerings from about 20 eateries. Musical entertainment was provided by jazz musician Clyde Whitney, DJ Steve Woodard, and the band Supplemental Income.
Among items featured in a silent auction were sports memorabilia and dinner gift certificates. In a separate raffle, Chad Yesue of Joy-Den Jewelers donated a Bernardi sterling silver ring and a pair of hoop earrings.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Humanitarian Award to Marilyn Perry by Vigeant and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.
Perry served as director of the Red Cross and founded the Marlborough Emergency Services Foundation, which included what is now known as the Community Cupboard. She’s a founding member and past president of the Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club. Also a member and past president of the Marlborough Rotary Club, she received the organization’s highest honor, the Paul Harris Fellow. Perry served as city councilor for three terms and was appointed as chair of the Marlborough Centennial Committee.
It was announced that this year’s charity ball raised over $50,000.