HERO OF THE YEAR AWARD: Paula Lombardo doesn’t consider herself a hero. She’s just doing what her family has done since 1963, starting with her late father, Salvatore Lombardo: giving to those in need.
For her efforts, Lombardo (inset), chief administrative officer of the Lombardo Cos. in Randolph, was awarded the Quincy-based Interfaith Social Service 2012 Community Hero of the Year award, at the nonprofit agency’s 65th anniversary gala Dec. 6.
According to Rick Doane, executive director of Interfaith, Lombardo “is always donating time, business services, and personal resources to help us serve the South Shore.”
Lombardo’s efforts have included various roles in the organization’s Feed the Hungry Gala, and the family’s contributions over the years include its Giving Thanks Celebration, where the Lombardo’s Function Facility welcomes all those without a family to celebrate the holiday; the Vincent’s Nightclub Anniversary Celebration, a black-tie fund-raiser benefiting three charities of the family’s choosing each year; and Paula Lombardo’s personal good will at the Long Island Shelter, for which she recruits family and employees to serve meals every third Tuesday of the month.
Doane credited Lombardo with initiating her family’s involvement with the shelter after she heard of it through the Massachusetts Restaurant Association more than 25 years ago.
Lombardo, who said she was humbled by the award, said it’s not just big things the family business does, “but a lot of little things that mean something to the people of our community. They’ve been very good to us. We can all contribute in a million small ways, from doing a kindness, offering a kind word, a smile. We’re able to do it in monetary terms or by our time. That’s what we need in our society, getting out of our comfort zone and doing something for others.”
An example of smaller giving, she said, was the company’s recent donation of healthy snacks for Randolph schoolchildren who might not have enough to eat on weekends.
The company’s largesse isn’t just requested, it’s mandated: The Lombardo Cos. handbook mission statement stresses that workers be committed to community, she said.
“As a family, we grew up with that,” she said. “And we just want it to continue.”
SHARON KIDS IN BOSTON’S ‘NUTCRACKER’: If you’re from Sharon and attend the Boston Ballet’s new production of “The Nutcracker,” you may see some familiar young faces. Eleanor Berkenbilt, Isabel Berkenbilt, Jessica Brown, Riley Johnson, and Emma Olshin are performing in the production in the respective roles of Urchin, Page, Lamb, Reindeer, and Polichinelle. These Sharon children, ages 8 to 10, have been students at Boston Ballet School for several years. The show runs at the Boston Opera House through Dec. 30.
MILTON WOMAN PUBLISHES BOOK: Sally Goldman of Milton, an author and cofounder of the Weymouth Club, has released “Lizzy the Lucky Lab,” a children’s book that Goldman said is a tale of love, friendship, fitness, and fun. She said the story is based on Lizzy, her black Labrador retriever, and parallels her own life, fighting back from an injury and taking months to recover. Inspired by her husband, Steve, Goldman wrote the book during her recovery.
She was joined by Weymouth Club members in its creation: Jason Thomas edited the book, and Hillary Shusterman created the concept drawings. It was digitally illustrated by Joseph Palmisano.
Goldman said she will read her book to grade-school classes or groups of children ages 3 to 9, working with them later to create drawings of Lizzy and if possible, bringing along the real-life Lizzy. Throughout the holiday, the book is being discounted $5, she said, and a portion of the proceeds of the book’s sales will be donated to The South Shore Initiative, to help fight childhood obesity. For information, visit www.lizzytheluckylab.com.
BUSINESS BRIEFS: Thomas Harrison of Norwell was named director of the pre-law program at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy. He teaches, oversees the growth of the program, advises students regarding law careers, and works to expand the college’s pre-law and business-internship opportunities. Harrison takes over for Donald Yerxa, who held the job for 15 years. Harrison is also on the Norwell Zoning Board of Appeals. . . . Barry MacQuarrie of KAF Financial Group in Braintree was a featured speaker at the eighth annual Commercial Clearing House User Conference in San Diego recently, speaking on “Using LinkedIn as a Business Development Tool.”