(L to R): Senator Harriette Chandler; Action Hero Award Recipient and former WCAC board member Jack Foley, Clark University; Barbara Haller, former City Councilor/WCAC Board Clerk; Steven Joseph, Unum/WCAC Board Vice Chair; Noreen Johnson-Smith, Family Health Center of Worcester/WCAC Board; William Van Dam, NSTAR/WCAC Board Chair; Deborah Penta, PENTA Communications/WCAC Board; Steven Desmarais, Polar Beverages/WCAC Board; Tony Simas, NSTAR/former WCAC Board Chair; Dale Allen, Quinsigamond Community College/WCAC Board; and Michael Keegan, Gosling’s Rum/WCAC Board Treasurer.
2011 Action Hero Award Recipients, (L to R) Christopher Sawyer, Creative Designer; Thomas E. Ellis, Jr., Heery International, Inc.; Dr. Laurie Ross, Clark University; Dr. Gail Carberry, Quinsigamond Community College; J. Christopher Collins, Unum (honoree Kellie Moats, Together By Heart Photography, not pictured).
(Back Row- left to right): 45th Action Hero Honorees: J. Christopher Collins, Unum; James Howard, Center of Hope; Richard Leahy, Webster Five Cents Savings Bank; Bill Van Dam, NSTAR; Mrs. Victoria Reggie Kennedy; Andy Lacombe, Charter TV3; Lee Gaudette, Blackstone Valley Education Foundation; William Breault, Main South Community Development Corporation (Front Row- left to right):Tony Simas, NSTAR; Kathleen Reville, Seven Hills Foundation; Jeannie Hebert, Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce; Ann Lisi, Greater Worcester Community Foundation; Jean Giguere, Smith & Jones; and Tony Shirley, Energy All Stars.
On May 6, 2009, the WCAC held its Third Annual Action Hero Award event at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester. Six individuals and/or organizations were honored for their monetary contribution, in-kind goods and services, and advocacy to WCAC:
John Laracy, Bagel Inn
Joseph Clouatre, Innovative Business Partners
Debbie C. Guiney and Michael Carroll, AllCom Credit Union
Nancy Concemi and National Grid Call Center staff
WCAC’s Worcester Community Connections Coalition Parent volunteers
Rod Lee, Telegram & Gazette
Dr. Melinda Boone, keynote speaker, was introduced by J. Christopher Collins, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, UNUM.