EDITORIAL: Compass Award will honor DellaVecchias’ dedication to Southington community

A Southington couple will be honored for their decades of community involvement at a YMCA event at the Aqua Turf Friday night.

Bill and Pege DellaVecchia will receive the Compass Award, given out annually at the Y’s Forever in Blue Jeans fundraiser, in appreciation of the couple’s more than 50 years of contributing to community life.

As the award’s name suggests, the honor is given to “those who have helped guide our community to a better place through their actions of giving back in Southington,” according to a press release announcing the tribute.  

“It is nice to know we haven’t been forgotten,” Bill DellaVecchia said in the press release. “We are a little older now and many of our years of service are some ways back, but it is nice to know the Y still remembers.” 

The prominent roles the DellaVecchias have to their credit are unlikely to be soon forgotten. While Bill spent his career in banking, he made time to serve on the board of directors for the Southington YMCA and was named YMCA Person of the Year in 2008. He was a founding member of the Southington Western Little League and active in youth soccer. 

Bill DellaVecchia and the Compass Award organizers made sure to include Pege DellaVecchia as a full partner and equally deserving recipient. Pege served as chairperson of Thursday Night Bingo at St. Aloysius Church for 15 years. She also served as treasurer for the Western Little League’s Women’s Auxiliary. Just as significant, Bill emphasized that she’s always been by his side in everything he did. 

Mark Pooler, CEO of the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA, said the couple is a “natural fit” for the Compass Award: “They have given unselfishly to our community for years … Both have made Southington a better place to live and work, and we are thankful for their contributions.”

In these times when commitments so often seem to be short-lived, the DellaVecchias’ 50-year history of active dedication to community life is rare and much deserving of this recognition.

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