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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 7, 2017 PAGE 5 ti," Ch i! d :!!en To Honor Long Standing Volunteer Gisele Rizzo Italian Home for Children is proud to honor one of the longest tenured Board of Direc- tor members, Gisele Rizzo, at the Annual Gala on Kpril 29, 2017, at Boston's Marriott Long Wharf. Rizzo has been a part of the Italian Home for Children family since 1992, first as a regular volunteer in the Italian Home School, which she con- . tinues to do every wednesday, and later as a Board of Directors member. Rizzo has always been in- dependent in both mind and spirit. Growing up in Lewiston, Maine, where she was raised by two dedicated adoptive par- ents, she went to an all-French speaking school until 3rd grade. Rizzo remembers clearly the day when she rode home on the back of a friend's bicycle and informed her mother that she would no longer be attending the school. Her reasoning? How could she possibly communi- cate and learn her neighbor's secret cooking recipes if she couldn't speak to them? Recall- ing the incident, Rizzo says was shocked it worked. But I am so glad it did." Rizzo credits her parents and their commitment to improving the lives of others by becoming foster parents as her inspira- tion. During her childhood in Maine, she remembers the pow- erful feelings associated with helping others, and she has never stopped giving back. As an adult, Rizzo has put this in- spiration into practice, becom- ing a nurse and working with special needs adults at Boston area hospitals while fostering her passion for volunteerism. Prior to volunteering and serv- ing on Italian Home's Board of Directors, she was involved with Catholic Charities, organizing several food and clothing drives as well as volunteering in area- Dedham Resident Gisele Rizzo Recognized for Compassionate Mentor and Advocate Work With Local Children & Families soup kitchens. It was at Italian Home for Children, however, that Rizzo found a home for her philanthropy. Rizzo has been a dedicated and compassionate champion for the children and families at Italian Home for decades. The ways in which she has enriched the lives of those at IHC is extensive. Rizzo chaired several committees throughout the years, fittingly including the Gala event where she will be honored in a few weeks. She was also the driving force behind the annual Ne'lman Mar- cus Fashion Show, a favorite with Italian Home for Children supporters. Rizzo's involvement goes be- yond the typical time invest- ment and financial support; she is committed to making the lives of children better through programming. She has men- tared countless children and staff over the. past 25 years of service. Every week without fat she can be found in our school working with kids one-on-one, helping them with their school work, working on coping strat- egies, or just providing a com- passionate and understanding ear. Recently, after watching the children return from group and individual lessons as part of the new Therapeutic Music Program, smiling and filled with confidence from their achieve- ments, Rizzo enthusiastically declared her passionate wish for IHC -- "Music program expan- sion, it's powerful!" Pdzzo describes her experi- ence this way: "Whether teach- ing a cooking class or mentoring students one-on-one, I have been the recipient of. touching kindness, experienced incred- ible joy, and have been witness to significant emotional strug- gles. Each and every day I am reminded that I have learned more from the children about perseverance, resilience and determination than I could have ever provided to them. The em- ployees and kids and families at Italian Home for Children come together every day and work, sometimes through very difficult circumstances, towards a brighter future. I have been blessed to be a small part of it." Rizzo's lifetime friend and Board of Director colleague, Peter Maglia, describes her as the truest advocate the children could have, "a compassionate and simply elegant person." The children and staff at Italian Home for Children could not agree more. ABOUT ITALIAN HOME FOR CHILDREN Italian Home for Children is a child welfare agency serv- ing children and their families whose lives are severely impact- ed by physical or sexual abuse, neglect, trauma and learning disabilities. We provide an inte- grated network of powerful and effective programming to help children, adults and families with emoffonal, behavioral, and education needs thrive in their community. 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What is the connection with Saint Andrew, one of the Twelve Apostles and brother of Saint Peter that links him so firmly to the history of Scotlahd? An early legend is related to that of Emperor Constantine's vic- tory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge (312 AD). Similar to Constantine (but not the Burn- ing Cross of Constantine's), King Oengus of the Picts saw a Saltire Cross (distinct X-shaped cross of Saint Andrew) in the " sky, formecl by clouds, ahead of his victory over the Saxons at the Battle of Athelstaneford (735 AD). Oengus and his com- bined force, emboldened by this apparent divine intervention, took to the field and despite being inferior in numbers were victorious. Having interpreted the cloud phenomenon as rep- resenting the cross upon which Saint Andrew was crucified, 0engus hbnored his pre-battle pledge and appointed-Saint Andrew as the Patron Saint of Scotland. The white saltire set against a celestial blue background was subsequently adopted as the design of the flag of Scotland. Another legend states that the relics of Saint Andrew were brought by divine guid- ance from Constantinople to the location where the modem Scottish town of St. Andrews stands today. St. Regulus, who was a monk at Patras, received a vision telling him to hide some of Andrew's bones. Shortly after Regulus' dream, many of An- drew's relics were transferred to Constantinople by order of Roman emperor Constantius It around 357. Regulus later re- ceived orders in a second dream telling him to take the bones "to the ends of the earth." He was to build a shrine for them wher- ever he shipwrecked. He landed on the coat of Fife, Scotland. Legend also states that the relics were originally in the collection of Acca, bishop of Hexham, who took them into Pictish country when he was driven from Hexham (c. 732), and founded a see on the site of St Andrews. National heroes William Wal- lace and Robert the Bruce both appealed to Saint Andrew in times of emergency. St. Andrew is the patron saint of fishermen and singers. He is also the patron saint to several countries and cities including: Scotland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Patras. His feast day is celebrated on November 30th. Happy Birthday to a close Scottish friend. It may have been St. Patrick's Day, but another Italian entered the world on March 17, 20171 Welcome to little Frank John Addivinola III, pictured above with his ecstatic parents, Frank J., Jr. and Angelica. Little Frank arrived at 9:45 pro, weighing in at 8 Ibs 7 oz with a full head of hairl Public Insurance Adjuster Since 1969 FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS AUTO * HOMEOWNERS * TENANTS COMMERCIAL Experience makes the difference 209 BROADWAY, REVERE, MA 02151 Tel. 781.284.1100 Fax 781.284.2200 Parkin to Building