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Marcotte Ford Family recipients of Justice and Peace Award

Providence Ministries for the Needy’s (PMN) 2017 award recipients gathered at The Log Cabin in Holyoke for PMN’s May 18 Recognition Dinner. It was not the first time three of the evening’s six honorees—the Marcotte Ford Family, the Holyoke Police Department and Holyoke Fire Department, and Brenda Lamagdeleine, manager of PMN’s Margaret’s Pantry—found themselves together. All three were at two devastating Holyoke fires earlier this year that left three dead and approximately 41 people homeless.

 

Marcotte Ford family recipients of award
Sister Kathleen Popko (left) and Bryan Marcotte, the Marcotte Ford treasurer, with five of his grandchildren and daughter, Jeannie Marcotte Filomeno (right), human resource manager, at PMN’s May 18 Recognition Dinner.

As Holyoke’s Fire and Police Departments, recipients of PMN’s Trustee Service Award, tackled the tremendous challenges both fires presented, the Marcotte Ford Family and Lamagdeleine were instrumental in coordinating PMN’s efforts to assist the fire victims with transportation, food, clothing and shelter.

The Marcottes provided vehicles to transport victims and assisted Lamagdeleine by transporting furniture donations to PMN for distribution. They also filled a van in their dealership showroom with household items, blankets, and appliances.

At the ceremony, SP President Sister Kathleen Popko presented the Marcotte Ford Family with PMN’s prestigious Sister Agnes Broderick, SP Justice and Peace Award.

In her comments, Sister Kathleen noted, “Under the leadership and guidance of Bryan Marcotte, the Marcotte Ford Family has devoted extraordinary time, energy and funds supporting those most in need in Holyoke, especially through their engagement with Providence Ministries.” She highlighted the Marcottes’ year-round efforts including providing Easter baskets for children at Margaret’s Pantry; hosting a summer picnic for all of PMN’s residents, clients, and staff; at Thanksgiving, running food and turkey drives for PMN; at Christmas, donating a truckload of toys to PMN; and moreover, on every third Sunday of the month, bringing and serving a meal at Kate’s Kitchen. All of these efforts involve the Marcotte family, grandchildren and colleagues.

Sister MargaretBrenda Lamagdeleine, who received PMN’s Exemplary Service Award and has worked closely with the Marcottes, said: “Basically, if there is a need, they expect me to ask them for help.”

PMN Founder Sister Margaret McCleary (pictured at right), the main speaker at the event, reflected: “When there is a tragedy, long after the television cameras have left and the national relief organizations are off to their next assignment, the people at Providence Ministries are still there, no matter how long it takes. They are there because it is right, it is just and it is what God asks.”

Other PMN award recipients that evening included Robert Woodill—the Grenier Leadership Award, and Dan O’Neil—the Board Service Award.

 

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