SHREWSBURY - Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services celebrated "Thirty Years of Caring" at its ninth annual Gala on Feb. 23 at St. John's High School. The event, postponed from Feb. 9 due to Nemo, drew more than 250 hearty New Englanders who braved yet another snowstorm for an evening of socializing with friends and neighbors, enjoying delicious food and celebrating a cause that benefits so many in Shrewsbury.
Dignitaries in attendance included State Rep. Matt Beaton; Superintendent of Public Schools Joseph Sawyer; Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen members Jim Kane, John Lebeaux and Moe Depalo; Shrewsbury School Committee members Erin Canzano, Sandy Fryc, Dale Magee, John Samia and Jason Palitsch; and Town Moderator Chris Mehne.
Gala chairman Michael Gregory has been a longtime SYFS board member and a friend of Robert Jacques, this year's Harry S. Cutting Jr. Award recipient. According to Mr. Gregory, "The organization was founded in 1983 and as SYFS celebrated thirty years of community service, it was fitting to honor one of its own." Mr. Jacques was a member of the inaugural board of directors and an incorporator of the organization. SYFS came full circle in recognizing Mr. Jacques as SYFS marks this milestone.
SYFS also paid tribute to this year's Outstanding Youth of Shrewsbury Award recipients: Nick Silverio, Grade 12, Shrewsbury High School; Kristen Grip, Grade 11, Shrewsbury High School; Aaron Hayden, Grade 12, St. John's High School and Jennifer Tylock, Grade 12, Shrewsbury High School. Former SYFS Executive Director Jeff Chin was in attendance and was honored for his service to the organization. Mr. Chin has moved on to lead Big Brothers/Big Sisters Central Mass/Metrowest. SYFS board...