Commending Citizen of the Year efforts
To the editor,
This spring we were delighted to attend the 73rd annual “City of Stamford Citizen of the Year” ceremony. This event honors local residents and reminds us how many people in our community are dedicated to keeping Stamford the great place it is, and making it even better. It honors students and veterans who give back to the community through public service and shines a spotlight on one of Stamford’s own, for exceptional dedication, by bestowing the honor ‘Stamford Citizen of the Year’ (COTY).
This year’s COTY recipient, Dudley Williams Jr, is with no doubt one of Stamford’s true treasures. Along with his wife Juanita James, COTY 2009, and son D3 (Dudley Williams III), a 2008 scholarship recipient, this family has long been a positive force in Stamford. They have consistently been selfless leaders in our community and have changed the town for the better in numerous and immeasurable ways. To echo the words of both Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Mayor David Martin, there is no better representation of what Stamford stands for than Dudley Williams and his family.
For more information about Dudley and the COTY award, please see http://bit.ly/2uhubss
Additionally, in coordination with the Jewish War Veterans (JWV) Scholarship program, there is also recognition of a number of local students and local veterans who have also made community service a significant part of their lives. We were very impressed by the stories of service from all of the honorees, and that our son William was one of the students recognized made the night one we will never forget. The JWV awarded each of the students a scholarship in the name of a specific veteran who was also honored that evening. We were thrilled about the connection that our son made with “his veteran,”Ralph Delvecchio and his wife Phyllis. Ralph, who proudly served our country in Vietnam, and all of the veterans honored, are exemplary individuals that all of Stamford needs to know and be incredibly proud of.
Another important highlight of the evening for all of Stamford to celebrate is that six of the seven scholarship recipients were from Stamford public high schools. Learning about the commitment and leadership of these incredible high school seniors was also truly inspirational.
The COTY committee should be commended for all they do to help recognize the tremendous service and dedication that this group of honorees represent.
Andrew and Susie Gold
Proud parents of William