2018 Annual Andover Knights of Columbus Winter Warmup Gala Dinner/Dance
On January 2017, the Andover Knights of Columbus held its Annual Winter Warmup Gala Dinner/Dance at the Andover Country Club. An annual tradition entiering its 9th year, the evening featured a cocktail hour and dinner, along with live music and dancing, raffles, auctions, and more. During the event, Grand Knight Philip A. D’Agati, assisted by FDD Jim Hauer and Benoit Thibault presented Torchbearer Awards to Jim Greeley and Yvon Cormier. The Torchbearer award is given “to recognize the great service and support given by the recipients to our local community in Andover and the Merrimack Valley” said D’Agati. Inspired by the biblical text of “the People that walked in darkness have seen a great” (Matthew 4:16), D’Agati went on to explain that “The award is called the Torchbearer as it is [the council’s] hope that these men are a shining light to others as a call to take up their own torch and serve their local community.”
Yvon Cormier has been a businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist in Andover for over 40 years. Whether it is through the Canadian Invitational Open Golf Tournament, direct donations to the Town of Andover, or financial support of local organizations, Yvon has impacted the lives of hundreds of residents of Andover and the rest of the Merrimack Valley. Lazarus House, Mass General Hospital, and Andover Youth Services are among the many benefactors of his dedication to our local communities. Because of these and other efforts, Yvon Cormier is a fitting symbol of the importance of giving back to our community and that role each of us must take in the support and care of our society.
James Greeley has been a resident and volunteer in Andover for 35 years. As a member of the Andover Rotary, the Andover Knights of Columbus, and a current or past board member for Lazarus House, Challenge Unlimited, Run for the Troops and more, Jim Greeley is best known for the time he gives to others. Jim is a generous donor of his time, his expertise, and his industry, the result of which is the support and betterment of the lives of hundreds of people in Andover and the rest of the Merrimack Valley. Because of these and other efforts, Jim is a fitting symbol of the value of service to organizations in our local community.