Charity dinner to honor Shelton resident’s volunteerism

A Shelton resident will be honored at the Parent Child Resource Center (PCRC) annual awards dinner Tuesday, March 24 from 6–8:30 p.m. at the Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane, Orange.

The Joseph A. Pagliaro Sr. Award for Distinguished Service to Children and Families will be presented to Shelton resident Carol Pendagast of Serra & DelVecchio Insurance.

Pendagast has been a dedicated volunteer, supporting PCRC at events from its signature cycling fund-raiser Pedal for PCRC, to Shelton Day. She received the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010 and Housatonic Council Boy Scouts of America President’s Award in 2000.

She also is a member of the Valley United Way Corporate Volunteer Council, a foundation board member for BHcare, and committee member for TEAM Inc.’s Men Who Cook event.

State's child advocate to speak

The evening will include cocktails, dinner and award presentations. This year’s theme is “Protecting Connecticut’s Children is Everyone’s Responsibility.”

The state’s child advocate, Sarah Eagan, will speak on the Office of the Child Advocate’s recent report on the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She will focus on mental health issues.

Eagan will discuss the need to strengthen networks in the state’s health systems in order to prevent events similar to what took place in Newtown. She will identify the processes that Adam Lanza encountered through the behavioral health system, and how facilitating access is vital to protecting children and families.

Outstanding Service to Children, Families

The Mary Lou Cook Award for Outstanding Service to Children and Families will be presented to Pamela Lorenzo, of Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut’s Nurturing Families Network.

Lorenzo oversees providing in-home parenting education services to first-time parents and families with a second child in 16 communities in the state.

She has chaired the Valley Early Childhood Task Force since its inception 14 years ago. In 2008, she received the Connecticut Parent Educator of the Year Award.

Proceeds benefit PCRC programs

The event costs $50 per person, including dinner. RSVP by March 17 to 203-954-0543, ext. 100 or

Proceeds will benefit PCRC’s clinical programs. Each year the agency serves more than 1,200 children and families who suffer from severe emotional and behavioral issues, most having experienced trauma, abuse or neglect.