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Food bank event recognizes community support


TRURO - Dwayne Vidito thought he was in trouble when he was recently called into the office at the Colchester Food Bank.

Turns out, the 10-year volunteer was being notified he would receive a Volunteer of the Year Award for his efforts with the community facility.

"It makes me happy and a little surprised. I thought I was in trouble," Vidito told the Truro Daily News shortly before officially being presented with the award during the first Evening of Hope Not Hunger awards gala.

The gathering, held Thursday night in Truro, was a fundraiser for the food bank as well as to recognize support it receives from the community.

Vidito, of Truro, began volunteering with the food bank after a friend suggested he would enjoy it. He began by giving out vegetables to clients and now has a variety of responsibilities, including sorting, picking up orders, helping with groceries and numerous other tasks.

"I like helping out ... and I like that the clients are happy to have something to take home," he said.

Darlene Dubreuil, the food bank's co-ordinator, said Vidito was an obvious choice for the award.

"He's got a great personality, he's always there when needed, he helps volunteers and clients and has a very kind heart. We actually have to tell him to slow down because he's always willing to lend a helping hand," said Dubreuil.

The masquerade-themed gala was filled with countless stories of support and generosity as food bank representatives and volunteers alike congratulated each other for their efforts. In addition, three other awards were handed out: individual supporter of the year - the Lloyd and Lauranne Mapplebeck family; group/organization supporter of the year - Truro and District Lions Club; and

business supporter of the year - Conroy Refrigeration Ltd.

Mandy Wood, chairwoman of the gala's fundraising committee, estimated about 80 people were in attendance and an estimated $6,000 was raised for the food bank, specifically to help keep the food shelves stocked throughout the summer when donations are typically down.

"The reception to the gala has been great. The intention was to become a major annual fundraiser" with the food bank's board approval, Wood said.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

 

Turns out, the 10-year volunteer was being notified he would receive a Volunteer of the Year Award for his efforts with the community facility.

"It makes me happy and a little surprised. I thought I was in trouble," Vidito told the Truro Daily News shortly before officially being presented with the award during the first Evening of Hope Not Hunger awards gala.

The gathering, held Thursday night in Truro, was a fundraiser for the food bank as well as to recognize support it receives from the community.

Vidito, of Truro, began volunteering with the food bank after a friend suggested he would enjoy it. He began by giving out vegetables to clients and now has a variety of responsibilities, including sorting, picking up orders, helping with groceries and numerous other tasks.

"I like helping out ... and I like that the clients are happy to have something to take home," he said.

Darlene Dubreuil, the food bank's co-ordinator, said Vidito was an obvious choice for the award.

"He's got a great personality, he's always there when needed, he helps volunteers and clients and has a very kind heart. We actually have to tell him to slow down because he's always willing to lend a helping hand," said Dubreuil.

The masquerade-themed gala was filled with countless stories of support and generosity as food bank representatives and volunteers alike congratulated each other for their efforts. In addition, three other awards were handed out: individual supporter of the year - the Lloyd and Lauranne Mapplebeck family; group/organization supporter of the year - Truro and District Lions Club; and

business supporter of the year - Conroy Refrigeration Ltd.

Mandy Wood, chairwoman of the gala's fundraising committee, estimated about 80 people were in attendance and an estimated $6,000 was raised for the food bank, specifically to help keep the food shelves stocked throughout the summer when donations are typically down.

"The reception to the gala has been great. The intention was to become a major annual fundraiser" with the food bank's board approval, Wood said.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

 

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