At the recent award ceremony of the Freedoms Foundation’s Bay State chapter, retired Judge Joseph V. Ferrino was honored with the foundation’s national award. “Since 1949, the Freedoms Foundation has recognized good citizenship through our George Washington Honor Medal,” said national President and CEO Michael DiYeso. “Each year, our 30 volunteer chapters nationwide celebrate local adults, students, military and others in the area of patriotism, responsible citizenship and community involvement.” Judge Ferrino was awarded the “Spirit of ’76” medal, the highest award given out by the Foundation.
Other honorees at this year’s event were Dr. Regina Marchi, an educator and journalist from East Boston, and Kelly Russo, a graduate of Winthrop High School. Marchi was recognized for her work cataloguing historic events dating back to the 1600s. In 2015, she authored the book “Legendary Locals of East Boston.” Russo was awarded for her efforts in reviving music programs in the Winthrop school system. Both honorees were awarded the George Washington Honor Medal. All awardees were presented by the foundation’s state chapter President Matt Mallen and Dottie D’Onofrio, vice president of Awards.