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Foley Award

The Raymond K. Foley Award

Raymond K. Foley, son of Peter J. Foley was a former Naugatuck educator who spent 37 years working for the borough school system, as a teacher, coach, athletic director, high school principal, and superintendent of schools. Mr. Foley encouraged athletics and the development of better facilities for the school population. According to Raymond K. Foley, “as long as people continue to rear children, we must provide the tools, teachers, and other facilities to educate our young,” (W.G. Leuchars).
The Naugatuck Parent School Council has presented the Raymond K. Foley Award annually since 1976. Each year, the PSC seeks nominations for this award, which honors individuals who have shown outstanding service and unselfish dedication contributing to the betterment of Naugatuck children. Letters of nomination and support are read during a meeting and the votes are cast. Each year, the Foley Award committee rotates alphabetically among the schools. This committee coordinates the dinner which is given in the recipient's honor.

2021 Foley Award Recipient - Jill Mahoney

Jill MahoneyJill Mahoney has spent countless hours over many years volunteering in groups that impact the children of Naugatuck. As her own children moved through the school system she participated in PTOs, Girl Scouts, and sports Booster Clubs. As the Director of the Connecticut Partnership for Children she continued to support her community and empowers others to do the same. While her position allows her to bring many programs to Naugatuck, Jill goes above and beyond. Jill was instrumental in establishing the Mobile Food Pantry in Naugatuck which distributes a supply of nutritious foods to over 500 local families per month. Jill coordinates the volunteers and successfully transitioned the food distribution during the pandemic to assure the continuation of this valuable service to the community.

2021 Volunteer of the Year Awards

  • Andrew Avenue - Kris Zahno
  • Hop Brook - Liz DeCarlo & Helen Valezquez
  • Maple Hill -Samantha Ballolli
  • Salem - Kristy Hebb
  • Western - Amy Dorsey
  • Hillside - Maureen Green
  • Cross Street - Brigit Gendron
  • City Hill MS - Melissa Teator

Past Foley Award Recipients

  • Ann Yarmal 1976
  • Eleanor Zimmerman 1977
  • Thomas Bradshaw 1978
  • Thomas Horan 1979
  • Edward Mariano 1980
  • Robert Sullivan 1981
  • Marjorie Carlson 1982
  • Elizabeth Yannarella 1983
  • Joseph Triano 1984
  • Carl Trombley 1985
  • Robert Burns 1986
  • Nancy LaGrave 1987
  • Mary Tamosaitis 1988
  • Franklin Behlman III 1989
  • Lorraine Dibble 1990
  • Al Fernandes 1991
  • Susan Curran 1992
  • Joyce & John DeBisschop 1993
  • Russel Malz 1994
  • Kevin McSherry 1994
  • Susan VanVessem 1995
  • John & Maureen Ford 1996
  • Peter Lawlor,Jr. 1997
  • Charles Doback 1999
  • James Doback 1999
  • Bruce Monahan 1999
  • Frank Rodrigues 1999
  • Barbara Lewis 2000
  • Bruce Kreisberg 2001
  • Rocky Vitale 2002
  • Jodi Arcuri 2002
  • Pat Peterson 2002
  • Kathy Gallagher 2003
  • Donna Foster 2004
  • Andy & Lori Bottnick 2005
  • Tom Louth 2006
  • Sandra Lee 2007
  • Deborah Gilnack 2008
  • Angela Flamer 2009
  • Cindy Russo 2010
  • Gordon Rossi 2011
  • Jim & Sue Goggin 2012
  • Mike & Denise Kinne 2013
  • David & Sandra Heller 2014
  • Timothy Reilly 2015
  • John Minicucci 2016
  • Michael & Virginia Doxey 2017
  • Douglas Hale 2018
  • Linda “Gigi” Ramos 2019
  • Jill Mahoney 2021