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The is proud to announce that it will honor Bill McDougall at its annual “Forever in Blue Jeans” gala on Friday, Nov. 18. McDougall is the Y’s 2011 Compass Award winner for his work in staying true to the YMCA focus of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
McDougall’s commitment to the Southington community is evident in his extensive volunteer service to many organizations, groups and causes.
McDougall is the co-owner of Murphy & Scarletti’s in Farmington and over the years, Murphy’s has adopted a charity annually and held a charity night. Thousands of dollars have been raised for these charities including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Autism Speaks, The Mill Foundation, Southington YMCA Sloper Camp Scholarship Fund and Miles for Melanie Kick-Off Night.
McDougall has also been a member of the Southington Board of Education and president and board member of the Southington Northern Baseball program.
He was the initial Southington High School Freshman Baseball Coach and is a member of the Southington High School Baseball Hall of Fame. McDougall currently serves as chairman of the board of directors for Southington Bread for Life.
“I am certainly humbled to receive such an honor from the YMCA,” McDougall said. “All the many recent successes at Bread for Life are far from one person’s responsibility. Bread for Life is blessed with a terrific executive director, 20 dedicated Board of Director members, dozens of wonderful volunteers and literally hundreds of Southington residents that contribute monetarily or through our many food-drives. As a group, we achieve our major objective that ‘no one will go hungry in our community’.”
McDougall has worked tirelessly to improve the lives, especially the lives of children, of so many in our community.
He will be honored at the Y’s “Forever in Blue Jeans” event on Friday, Nov. 18 at the . For more information or to purchase a ticket for this event, please contact Donna Ayer at 860-426-9510 or email at email@example.com.