The award recognizes Wright for her longtime support of the school for individuals with disabilities, including her involvement coordinating volunteers in Larc’s annual Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge presented by AmeriHealth NJ.
“I do what I do for the love of the school and its children,” Wright said. “It is a truly amazing place where miracles happen every day, and I am just grateful that I can support its mission.”
The award is named for Larc’s cherished friend and former treasurer of the board of directors, Paul Porado, who died in November 2004.
“We are thrilled to present the Paul Porado Humanitarian Award to Anna Marie Wright who, like the award’s namesake, has shown remarkable compassion and inspiring acts of kindness,” said Commissioner Deputy Director Ed McDonnell, who also serves as chairperson for the Larc Board of Directors.
The award honors his life and his dedication to those in need. She will receive the award at the Larc School Help the Kids Golf Tournament at Pennsauken Country Club today.
“Listening to her talk, you know right away that helping the children of Larc School gives her great joy,” McDonnell continued. “This recognition is a tribute to her many years of service coordinating the volunteers at the Larc Run the Bridge event. It takes a special person to coordinate enough volunteers to support a 4,000 person event. The Run, and Larc itself, would not be what it is without her.”
Larc School Executive Director Stefanie Riehl, discussed what Wright’s work truly means to the Larc school and its students
“She is both humble and deserving. From the first time I met her, I sensed her affinity, calling and compassion for the very special children of Larc School,” Riehl said. “She is a friend to the entire Larc community and we are so pleased to recognize her.”