When he was young, now famed CT restaurateur Billy Grant lived by the Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared.”
That, according to his mother Diana Lombardo who was one of about 150 people who turned out for the Connecticut River Council Boys Scouts of America event at the Hartford Hilton Wednesday, honoring Grant and several other philanthropists at the 20th annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award Dinner.
“He never said no,” said the doting mom, explaining how ‘Billy’ was the one who help around the house and do whatever needed to be done without an argument or an excuse. “He was just a really great kid,” said Lombardo, adding that as far as his exemplary culinary skills, he honed them on his own.
Grant, along with Foodshare’s Gloria McAdam, Schaller Auto Group president, Art Schaller Jr. and retired Ernst & Young managing partner Howard Carver were all honored with Whitney M. Young Service Awards, kudos given in memory of the civil rights activist, social worker and former executive director of the National Urban League.
The awards are given each year to individuals who have contributed significantly to the positive development of young people.
Joe D’Ambrosio, “The Voice” of UConn football and men’s and women’s basketball, and Hartford Fire Department deputy chief, Clifton Cooper, received the Spirit of Scouting Awards. Hartford Boy Scout Shawn W. Lawrence received the Richard Weaver-Bey Youth Leadership Award.