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Salvation Army Celebrates ‘Beyond the Bells’

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sa10Think of the Salvation Army and you often think of its signature bells, the ones that enthusiastically clang each holiday season as the selfless organization raises money to help others.

And on Thursday, those bells played a key role at the Greater Hartford Salvation Army’s annual awards luncheon.

Titled “Beyond the Bells,” the event also featured keynote speaker Matt Bevin, president of East Hampton’s Bevin Brothers Mfg. Co, the famed factory that provides the Salvation Army with its signature bells.

The historic factory, known for the array of bells it produces, was destroyed by fire last year, but is in the midst of regrouping and getting the business back to normal.

“We are a lot like the Salvation Army,” said Bevin, who lives in Kentucky and is considering a run for U.S. Senate there. “We both go back a long way and we are very determined.”sa30

The event also included the presentation of two awards. Receiving its “Others” Award was Aetna, a longtime supporter of Salvation Army efforts.

“It is all about community support,” said Aetna’s Mark Robitaille who is also a member of the Salvation Army’s advisory board. “Our company has a culture of giving.”

Receiving the Salvation Army’s “Doing The Most Good” award was Canton businessman and entrepreneur Henry Bahre, who for many years has helped with the annual “Holiday Store” drive.

 sa11 “When I was young, my father, who served in World War I, told me how the Salvation Army provided toiletries and other necessities to the soldiers,” said Bahre who received his award from fellow Holiday Store supporter, WTIC personality Ray Dunaway.  “He told me if I ever could do anything for the Salvation Army, to do it,” Bahre continued. “So that’s what I do each year, get donations for the Holiday Store,” he said. “My donors know I am coming and they are ready for me.”






CRIS Gala “Dancing In the Dark” And In The Spotlight

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cris14It was anything but “Dancing in the Dark” at CRIS Radio’s annual gala Saturday at The Hartford Club.

If anything it was a “lights, camera, action” moment if ever there was one as a slew of celebrity amateur dancers paired up with the pros for a “Dancing With the Stars” kind of night, Connecticut style.

Contestants represented a “who’s who” of tv personalities including Univision’s Ana Alfaro, Fox Ct’s  Rachel Frank and Dan Amarante, and WFSB’s  Olessa Stepanova and Matt McFarland. But their camera savvy wasn’t enough when it came to the waltz, the cha-cha and the samba…it was pageant queen Emily Audibert, Miss Connecticut 2012 who, with partner Joe Monnin from Arthur Murray in New Britain who walked off with that treasured mirror ball. Doing an “encore” performance was last year’s winner, Aetna vice president Floyd Green who showed the sold-out crowd he hadn’t forgotten a thing when it came to the dance floor.

cris11Proceeds from the night benefit the non-profit that provides reading services and programming for the vision impaired.

cris20Judges for the evening were professional dancer David Rosinski, backed up by Shelly Sindland and Java, a trio that gave the pair the only perfect score of the evening, “10s” all across. Emcee for the evening was WFSB ‘s Scot Haney.

cris10The real stars of the show however were CRIS volunteers/clients Rosie Morline and Diane Duhaime, who, despite being legally blind, danced for the second year in a row, with Monnin and Frankie DelAguila, also from Arthur Murray New Britain.

“We are so excited to dance again,” said Duhaime, who with Morline, continued dance lessons after their premier performance at the fundraising gala last year.

The evening was also about some awards. ESPN was presented the CRIS Radio Business of the Year and William Webb with the CRIS Radio Educator of the Year award.