Rick Darby receives Kathy O’Dell Community Service Award

Revitalizing Waterbury named Rick Darby the recipient of the Kathy O’Dell Community Service Award at the Grand Re-Opening of the RW Community Room at the Waterbury Train Station on Saturday, May 12, 2018.   First awarded in 2003, the Community Service Award honors local individuals and businesses who have contributed to the continued revitalization of Waterbury, and especially its downtown.  Kathy O’Dell was a founding member of RW, who served as the organization’s first president in 1991; she passed away in February of 2005.

“Giving Rick this award was long overdue,” said Melissa Gorham, President of the RW Board of Directors.  “His unflagging support of Waterbury over the years has been extraordinary.”  With patience, fortitude and astute legal skills, Rick led RW and the community to first envision and then successfully restore the Waterbury Train Station in 2006.  David Luce said “Rick and his wife Bonnie are treasures in our town and Waterbury is a better place to be because of them.”

Rick Darby settled in Waterbury in the 1970’s and has worked and raised his family in town.  He has been instrumental in many of Waterbury’s revitalization projects including the Rusty Parker Park, Dac Rowe recreational fields, Municipal Center with the Library and History Center and the Steele Community Room.

“We are thrilled to present Rick Darby with this award,” said Karen Nevin, Executive Director of Revitalizing Waterbury.  “He is joining a long list of community members who put Waterbury first in their work and life.  Waterbury is lucky to have him as a friend and neighbor.” 

Revitalizing Waterbury’s mission is to preserve, promote and enhance the economic, historic and social vitality of Waterbury, Vermont for residents, businesses and visitors alike.  With over 250 individual and business members, RW strives to create and maintain a vibrant community that is inviting, safe, economically sound, lively and livable. To learn more, visit our website:  www.revitalizingwaterbury.org.

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