Caz: Gigi has a night

Gigi has a night

Civic Appreciation Award recipient enjoys crowded reception

By Willie Kiernan

Selected by The Cazenovia Republican for the 2008 Civic Appreciation Award, Gigi Redmond had to miss a family vacation in Florida to attend the Friday night reception at the Lincklaen House in the Stone's Throw room.

"I am honored to receive the Civic Appreciation Award and have been proud to be part of several positive initiatives that have taken place in Cazenovia," said Redmond.

The standing-room-only crowd attested to the popularity of Redmond's altruistic deeds through the years. The proceedings began with the reading of a citation from Assemblyman Bill Magee who could not attend.

"I've worked with almost all of you on something," Redmond said. "And I've talked you into things."

One of Redmond's positions was with the library.

"Gigi was on the board during the most exciting times," said Betsy Kennedy, Cazenovia Library Director. "It was 1998 and we opened the museum. Her favorite line was 'Let's make this happen.'"

Redmond was continually praised for her hard work.

"Whenever there's an event, she's always there. She's just amazing," said Nancy Sellers. "Gigi was instrumental in starting Project Caf (c) years ago. Although it's a student organization, it takes a lot of adults. She's always a lot of fun, upbeat and happy. As President of the Board, she was a tough act to follow. She's just a volunteer's volunteer."

The Garden Club is another of Redmond's passions. She was presented with a large bouquet of flowers.

"She has been on 'you name the committee' and she's headed it up. No matter what we have, she's always on the committee." said Nancy Zeferjohn. "One word, cheerleader, she cheers every job we do and she makes us happy. Caz is counting on you."

It was a good year for CazCares, moving from a basement location to their new location on Nelson Street. Co-Chairs of the CazCares Board Angela gagnon and Stephanie Hunt got up to say Redmond, director since 2004, has gotten the word out.

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