Farmington Area Goodfellows volunteer Tony Ferrante, a lifelong Farmington resident, will receive the 2018 Dick Tupper Community Service Award during the Neighborhood House Gala, held April 19 at Longacre House in Farmington Hills.
According to a press release, Ferrante was chosen “for his continued volunteerism in many areas of our community.” A Farmington Goodfellows member for more than 20 years, he manages the pickup and transportation of donated goods during the holiday season.
“The rest of the year, you can see him driving around town, collecting canned goods and food donations from area drop boxes and businesses, and then transporting them to local charities for distribution to the needy in our community,” the release noted.
Nancy Cook, who nominated Ferrante, said that he probably “has driven over 100,000 miles for the Goodfellows and Neighborhood House.” He also is a member of the local Elks Club, where he supports their Giving Tree project.
“We are very pleased to present this award to Tony”, said Alan Maxey, President of Neighborhood House. “He is a longtime supporter of Neighborhood House, and we value his continued assistance in helping our clients.”
Neighborhood House, an affiliate organization with the Farmington Area Goodfellows, was founded over 25 years ago by community leader Dick Tupper, to provide year-round help for Farmington/Farmington Hills residents who are in need. Ferrante and Tupper were long-time friends and shared a commitment to community service.
The Fundraising Gala open house will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the award ceremony at 5:30 p.m. The event will include hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are available with a suggested donation of $25 by calling the Neighborhood House office, 248-871-2848. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of the Gala.
All proceeds from the Gala will go directly to those in need in Farmington and Farmington Hills. Last year, Neighborhood House provided financial assistance to over 250 families in the two cities.