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Robert J. Butler Heart of LISA, Inc. Recipients 2016

The staff at LISA, Inc. continue to be positively influenced by the powerful legacy of Bob Butler.

In the late 1980s, Bob changed the name of the agency to LISA, Inc. because he was inspired by a story of a 6-year-old girl named Lisa Steinberg who died after years of neglect and physical abuse at the hands of her adoptive father. This was a story that hit national headlines because of the brutality involved, and yet Bob found a way to create a living memory of a girl who, like all children, deserved safety, respect, and a hopeful future.

It is easy to understand why so many people loved him as his commitment and passion to support abused and neglected young people never wavered.

At the 2015 Raise Your Spirits Wine Tasting Fundraiser we began a new tradition at LISA, Inc., to honor Bob's memory and recognize someone who continues what he started. This year, the 2015 "Robert J. Butler Heart of LISA, Inc. Award: was awarded to:


Brian Farrell, Sr.   

Our first recipient is a man who never worked for LISA, Inc, never served on the Board, nor had any children that received services from us. But his contributions to this agency have spanned over 10 years- he has helped LISA, Inc. raise almost $200,000, during that time by organizing and operating the annual golf tournament. He is a silent presence in much of what we do at LISA, Inc. and yet his contributions have made a difference in the lives of the young people we serve.


Brian and Sharon at the 2014 Wine Tasting Event

Sharon Mailhot

Our second awardee has been a Board member for LISA, Inc. for over 10 years. She has served as President and Vice President for eight of those years and was the chairwoman of the Wine Tasting fundraiser since it began in 2006, turning over the reins this year after 9 years of incredible leadership.  Sharon Mailot was selected as one of this year's recipients because of her heart, her dedication and her commitment to supporting the work of LISA, Inc.

and last certainly not least

Diane Capaldo

Our final award recipient is a person who joined the LISA, Inc. team over seven years ago. She was hired as the Program Coordinator of the Plainville Group Home, then she served as the Program Director, and now runs our Community Based Life Skills Program for kids in foster care homes. Diane has received this award because over and over she demonstrates her dedication to serving our kids, our communities, and to all of us who have the pleasure of working with her.  She has given her heart to LISA, Inc., and now we award her with the 2015 Heart of LISA, Inc. award.

Diane (left) with her recent graduating class, Spring 2015

Congratulations to all of this year's recipients. The youth, staff, and Board of Directors are forever grateful for your passion, advocacy, and support of the programs and services which allow us to deliver the best care to Connecticut's most vulnerable population.

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