The Antonio Varacalli Hero Award is given to a person perceived by their friends and neighbors to be a “good citizen and hero to their community”. Seneca Falls residents were invited to send in nominations, and we received quite a few this year and had a large field from which to choose an awardee.
On Saturday April 15 the It’s a Wonderful Life/Antonio Varacalli Day Committee were thrilled to award the ninth annual Antonio Varacalli Heroism Award to Michael Kelly.
“Grief can make most people uncomfortable” said Allison Kelly, one of Mike’s daughters who nominated him, “our father made it his life’s mission to make it as bearable and dignified as possible – always putting “his families” first.’’
The award recognizes Mike’s dedication of over 30 years helping people in the Seneca Falls community and his participation in many local charities, events and organizations. Some of the organizations that Mike has been involved with are Kiwanis, Pathway Home, St. Patrick’s Church, It’s A Wonderful Life Festival and Seneca Falls CanalFest.
Laci Pinckney – Vice President of the It’s A Wonderful Life Committee presented the award to Mike.
Thank you, Mike, for your dedication to the community!