Baldwinsville Lois Mayo is a volunteer extraordinaire.
A parishioner of St. Augustine’s parish for the past 45 years, Mayo runs the summer Vacation Bible School in addition to volunteering at the Brady Faith Center in Syracuse every Sunday, helping with whatever the Brady Center calls on her to do. Her dedication to the Brady community and her extreme devotion to volunteering led to Mayo’s selection as one of five honorees to receive the God Love Ya award, presented by the Brady Faith Center at its 17th annual Mass and Breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 23.
“She gives her undivided attention and she loves the children from the inside out,” said Kevin Frank, executive director of the Brady Center while presenting the award to the Baldwinsville woman.
“I’m astounded, I’m thrilled,” said Mayo of receiving the award.
When explaining her devotion to volunteering and the center, Mayo said there is an overhead bridge in Syracuse that says, ‘Now that you are here, nothing else matters’ and that’s how she feels about Brady Center, in a nutshell. “This is something I do because it comes so naturally to me, I do it because I love it,” she said.
“We’re all really proud, the Brady Center has been important to her for a long time, it’s a part of her life. We’re really happy she is getting honored for something so important to her,” said Karen Mayo, one of Lois’ five children.
Four other individuals were also honored with the God Love Ya awards for their exceptional devotion to improving the quality of life for the entire community. They include: Father John C. Schopfer, Southwest City Missioner and Pastoral Director of the Brady Faith Center, who received a standing ovation from the crowd. Schopfer has been the passionate leader of the Brady Faith Center, located on South Avenue, for 31 years;