In memory of the founder of the Near & Far Aid Association, the Jeannie Fay Award is granted at the discretion of the Board to volunteers who, without previous formal recognition, have served selflessly for at least ten years and demonstrated outstanding dedication to furthering the work of Near & Far Aid. The recipients are recognized for being instrumental in supporting the fundraising activities of the organization and also for long dedicated service which has impacted our success and growth.
This year’s award honors Nancy Wasserman for her willingness to step in and step up wherever needed. From event to event, she has worked in many different capacities, to calmly and efficiently get the job done. She is a loyal member of the Near & Far Aid team and we are in awe of her commitment and dedication. The 2015 Jeannie Fay Award was presented to Nancy at the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon this May at the Artisan Restaurant in Southport.
“After being on the board of A Child’s Place in Westport and meeting so many wonderful women there planning events and raising money, I wanted to take my fundraising efforts to a bigger/broader cause beyond my children’s pre-school. Near & Far Aid presented that opportunity. My dearest friends were getting involved with the Near & Far Aid Gala and invited me to join them in their efforts.
Gala had such an amazing group of women and was such a fun and successful event to work on, that I could not wait to get involved in other Near & Far Aid events.
After a few seasons of working on the Mitchell’s Gala, I helped design the House Tour program book and coordinated advertising sales. After several seasons of volunteering on the House Tour, I thought it would be a new experience to work on the annual Golf Classic tournament in the same capacity.
It has been a fantastic and rewarding experience to donate my time to such a worthy cause, and I look forward to continuing on future events that help raise money for those in need in Fairfield County, where I have lived for the last 17 years.
Thank you Near & Far Aid! I am so honored to be the 2015 recipient of the Jeannie Fay award.”