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South End Democratic Ladies Hold Annual Fundraiser

by J. Rossetti-Ford

The 29th Annual South End Ladies Democratic Club of Greater Hartford anniversary dinner benefiting the Leukemia Society of America; Northern Connecticut Chapter took place Sunday, September 27. Several hundred attended the event at the U.S. Chowder Pot Restaurant in Hartford's South Meadows.

Guest speakers included U.S. Congresswoman and candidate for governor Barbara B. Kennelly, Democratic Congressional candidate John B. Larson and Mayor Michael Peters.

Club President Lorain Tenore presented a generous donation to the John Namnoum, former Executive Director of the Leukemia Society of America, Northern Connecticut Chapter.

Club Founder Vinnie Russo presented three Fellowship Awards to State Representative Paul R. Doyle (D-28th), Rocky Hill Deputy Mayor Dr. Barbara Orsini-Surwilo and Hartford Democratic Town Chair Robert J. Jackson

Doyle is an attorney in private practice in association with Sabatini & Associates in Newington, Connecticut. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, and a former member of the Wethersfield Town Council and former town treasurer.

Orsini-Surwilo has served on the Rocky Hill Planning and Zoning Commission. She was a member of the Transportation Committee of the Capitol Region of Governments for 25 years and the Regional Commission Planning Commission for 12 years.

Jackson has been involved in Hartford politics for 19 years. He served 12 years on the Democratic Town Committee and is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a B.S. in Industrial Technology. He has been employed at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford for 30 years and is currently manager of Continuous Improvements.

Music and entertainment at the event was provided by Bruno Cerati. Floral arrangements were donated by Gordon Bonetti Florist, 476 Franklin Avenue.


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