George O'Connell Award
With him is Jane Chevalier, St. Patrick's Parade 2014 President
The Holyoke St. Patrick’s Committee awarded the George O’Connell Award to a committee member who proudly refers to himself as a “Holyoke-er.” Charles "Fred" Glidden was presented with the prestigious award on Sunday.
“Having been a member for so long, I am certainly honored to receive the award,” said Glidden. “I used to think my time had passed, but they never cease to surprise us with their choices.”
The George O’Connell Award is presented to a longstanding member of the Holyoke St. Patrick’s committee who has made substantial contributions to the parade and committee through fundraising. The winner is voted on by past winners of the O’Connell Award.
Fred is a past president of the committee, has led the raffle committee, helped various committees in their own fundraising efforts, and works with companies to raise money each year to support the parade.
“The amount of money we generate is substantial. The parade and St. Patrick’s Day itself is a homecoming for us. Our committee is so family oriented, and it’s what makes us unique,” Glidden explained. He looks back fondly on his efforts and participation, and looks forward to another exciting parade season.