All are invited to attend the Greenwich Democrats 1st Annual Awards Celebration on Sunday, April 28, 2019. This inaugural event will honor the lifetime achievements of two amazing ladies, Nancy Brown and Mary McNamee and their many years of service to the Greenwich Community.
US Congressman Jim Himes will be on hand to join in the festivities and to help kick-off the event, as will US Senator Richard Blumenthal, Governor Ned Lamont and Lt Governor Susan Bysiewicz.
“Greenwich Democrats have much to celebrate” states Tony Turner, Greenwich Democratic Town Committee Chairman. “We are so please to be honoring Nancy and Mary. Their dedication to our community is extraordinary. They led with integrity and a moral compass that exemplifies our values during a time when it was not easy to be a democrat in Greenwich.”
A life-long resident, Mary McNamee was an active member of the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee for 52 years. During her tenure, she served in numerous leadership positions locally and represented the DTC on the State Central Committee. She also served on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) for 36 years and is currently on the Board of Assessment Appeals, a position she has held for 26 years. Mary’s volunteer worked was not limited to the Town. She served on the Parish Council for St. Mary Church and is a member of the Greenwich Hibernian Association. Mary currently volunteers for Meals on Wheels, the Red Cross Blood Drive, and the Women’s Club of Greenwich.
Nancy Brown is a champion for civil rights and economic justice in our community.
She married David Brown in 1955 and they “temporarily” moved to Greenwich where his family had live for 3 generations and where she is still a resident. In 1969 she helped create the Southern Fairfield County Urban League as a founding member. In 1975, she was appointed to the Greenwich Housing Authority where she helped to shepherd the newly established federal Community Development Block Grant Program through the RTM, where she had also served for 4 years. In 1979, she was appointed as the Director of Community Development for the Town of Greenwich, a position she held until 2007, managing $1M annually in block grants. She was the first African American to serve on the DTC and was a founding member of the Fairfield Community Foundation. She also served on the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority for nine years. In 2009, she ably led the Town’s Affordable Housing Committee.
“I am very fortunate to have worked along-side these two incredible women,” said Elizabeth Mills, co-chair of the event. “I admire their strength and spirit.”
In addition to the lifetime achievement awards, the DTC will also announce annual award winners. “We have such talented people working with our organization” states Turner. “This awards ceremony is our way of thanking those who share in our vision of liberty and justice for all and were instrumental in our successes this year. We hope you will join us.”
The Awards Celebration will be held at the Hyatt Regency, 1800 East Putnam Ave, Greenwich from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm.
Tickets are available at www.greenwichdemocrats.org. Registration deadline is Friday, April 19, 2019. For more information contact Denise Savageau, event co-chair, at [email protected] or 203-622-9297.