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Y ANNOUNCES AWARD RECIPIENTS

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Y ANNOUNCES AWARD RECIPIENTS

Benny Cammuso has been selected as the Southington Community YMCA’s Person of the Year.

The Ys Person of the Year Award is presented to someone in the community who through his/her actions makes Southington a better place to live.  Benny more than qualifies for this honor and recognition.  For nearly the past 20 years, Benny has been the consummate volunteer for many groups and organizations in Southington. 

At Bread4Life where Benny has been a devoted fixture five days each week since his retirement doing whatever it takes to provide lunches in their rented kitchen as well as lunches and dinners-to-go for the hungry. He cooks, he cleans the dining area, he washes dishes, and he delivers meals to the homebound and to those in senior housing in Southington, adding camaraderie for many who may not experience any other human interaction during the course of their day. He also helps to stock, arrange, and maintain offsite food storage space.

He is a long-standing member of the Town’s Senior Citizen Commission and a member of the Community Emergency Response Team.  He is a member and volunteer for the Calendar House Senior Center, where his talent for gardening and fixing things is well utilized.  He has long served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross at bloodmobiles at several different Southington locations.  Benny is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Free Masons, serving as the backbone of all of their community events targeted at helping others.  He is an active volunteer for the local chapter of the AARP and also volunteers regularly at the Southington Care Center, a one hundred thirty bed rehabilitation and nursing care facility. 

Benny is active in his Church, serving as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist for the past fifteen years and in addition to his services at weekly Mass, he also brings Holy Communion to the homebound.  Each year he makes it his mission to trim all the bushes and evergreens on the property of Mary Our Queen Church in town. Benny has also been an active participant in an annual local Church production of the Passion Play over the past twenty five years.

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