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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 30, 2011 Page5 Bay State Chapter of Freedoms Foundation Presents George Washington Honor Medals Viking Pride Foundation, Cullen Dwyer of Pembroke, Brooksby Village Volunteers, and Peter Ingeneri of Wakefield Honored at Ceremonies in East Boston Bay State Chapter of Freedoms Foundation award presentation are: (l-r) Freedoms Foundation event emcee Ron Vecchia, Mr. and Mrs. David Dwyer, awardee Cullen Dwyer of Pembroke, present Ed Coletta, Freedoms Foundation President Joseph Ferrino, Jr., and Freedoms Foundation Executive Director Joseph Ferrino, Sr. was honored with the Bay State Chapter "Spirit of '76" Award for his dedica- tion to the good works of Free- doms Foundation, and his many civic and charitable endeavors. The Viking Pride Founda- tion of Winthrop was formed after major fiscal cutbacks threatened to devastate the school curriculum and school sports programs that were the life-blood of the community. The non-profit Viking Pride Foundation was formed by concerned citizens in 2004, and from the first meeting, more than $50,000 was raised to help the schools and the sports programs. Since then, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised to support the schools, including the purchase of four school Shown at the Freedoms Foundation presentation of the buses that were donated to George Washington Honor Medal L-R: Freedoms the school system. The funds Foundation event emcee Ron Vecchia, award co-sponsor have also supported art, Florence D'Avila, Brooksby Village representative Liz Hemp with the award, award co-sponsor Dr. Edith music and theater programs, DeAngelis. and provided mini-grants to Winthrop teachers. Cullen Dwyer of Pembroke The Bay State Chapter of Ferrino Jr., President of Bay has turned a tragedy in his Freedoms Foundation at State Chapter. Freedoms own life inl~a life-long pas- Valley Forge recently pre- Foundation. "We honor these sion to help others avoid a sented prestigious George organizations and individu- similar fate. As a 10-year-old, Washington Honor Medals to als with the George Washing- Dwyer was struck by a car a community assistance ton Honor Medal because while in-line skating. He was foundation, a young man who they have made a difference not wearing a helmet,' and overcame tragedy, and volun- in the lives of countless citi- the accident put him in a teers at a senior citizen zens across our state." coma for six weeks. When he complex to honor their dedi- Peter Ingeneri of Wakefield awoke, it took him seven cation to community service and patriotism. The Chapter also presented a "Spirit of '76" Award for meritorious ser- vice to a long-time educator in the Boston Public School System. The Honor Medals were pre- sented to: The Viking Pride Foundation of Winthrop; Cullen Dwyer of Pembroke; and the volunteers at Brooks- by Village of Peabody. "The Viking Pride Founda- tion, young Cullen Dwyer, and the volunteers at Brooks- by Village all represent the best ideals of America -- Shown (l-r) are: Freedoms Foundation event emcee Ron earing for others less for- Vecchia, Freedoms Foundation Executive Director tunate and selfless service Joseph Ferrino, Sr., Peter Ingeneri, and Freedoms to community," said Joseph Foundation President Joseph Ferrino, Jr. Presenting the Bay State Chapter of Freedoms Foundation George Washington Honor Medal are (l-r): event emcee Ron Vecchia, Richard Fucillo of the Viking Pride Foundation in Winthrop, presenter Dottie D'Onofrio. years to learn how to walk~ speak, dress and feed him- self. In the ensuing years, he has dedicated himself to bringing young people the message of safety always wear a helmet when riding a bike, in-line skating or skate-boarding. He has brought that message to middle and high schools, college campuses, and to Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill, where he helped to change laws that will protect children. In 2010, the volunteers at Brooksby Village in Peabody recorded more than 51,000 hours of volunteer service within this senior com- munity and in the commu- nity at-large. Their efforts included fundraising and service projects that sup- ported a student scholar- ship fund, local food pantries, the Special Olympics, Opera- tion Troop Support, a battered women's shelter and a home- less shelter, a children's or- ganization in E1 Salvador, Habitat for Humanity, and military veteran's activities. Peter Ingeneri of Wake- Field -- the Spirit oF '76 Award wirlnei- -5' is~a 30-year, life member of the Bay State Chapter of Freedoms Foun- dation, where he has served as president and as vice president for the Youth and Education Committee. He was a long-time educator in the Boston Public Schools, teaching math and science at Boston Latin School and rising through the ranks to become Deputy Superinten- dent. He is also active with the Pirandello Lyceum, the Boston Kiwanis Club and St. Florence Parish in Wakefield. Freedoms Foundation awards Americans who go above and beyond in their efforts to educate their com- munities about the values of good citizenship, either through teaching or by ex- ample. The foundation has recognized several thousand dedicated individuals and organizations in its 61-year existence. Freedoms Foundation is a n0n-profit organization dedi- cated to teaching all citizens the principles upon which our nation was founded. The organization seeks to convey the close link between the rights and the responsibil$- ties of citizens in society.