|William and Linda Zammer will be recognized with HAC's 2016 Business Partner Award.|
Next month, HAC’s 42nd Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition will usher in an entirely new award that recognizes those making a positive impact on Cape Cod.
The Transitional Living Center of Cape Cod Committee will be the first recipient of this honor which has been named the Make a Difference Award. The committee consists of local leaders working to find a location and model for a new homeless shelter outside of downtown Hyannis.
The committee is an offshoot of one created a few years ago that helped launch the Day Center at NOAH, a program that started in May 2014 as a way to provide shelter and services to the region’s homeless during the day. Members of The Transitional Living Center of Cape Cod Committee include Elizabeth Wurfbain, executive director of the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (BID); Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald; Heidi Nelson, CEO of Duffy Health Center; Paula Schnepp, the regional network coordinator for the Cape & Islands Regional Network to Address Homelessness; Abbott “Sid” Davidson of Centerville; Deborah Krau, vice president of the Greater Hyannis Civic Association; and HAC CEO Rick Presbrey.
The 2016 Business Partner Award will go to longtime HAC supporters William and Linda Zammer, owner of Cape Cod Restaurants, Inc. which includes the Coonamessett Inn and The Flying Bridge Restaurants in Falmouth, as well as Tugboats Restaurant in Hyannis and Clancy’s in Dennis Port. The couple funded the establishment of the Institute for Hospitality and Culinary Studies, named in their honor, at Cape Cod Community College. Over the years, homeless and formerly homeless individuals have received free culinary arts training at the institute.
Kathy and John Ohman (photo above, left), co-founders of Friends or Relatives With Autism or Related Disabilities (FORWARD) are the recipients of this year’s Human Services Partner Award. The Dennis couple have three sons, two of whom are on the autism spectrum.
HAC is currently partnering with FORWARD to build housing for autistic adults on 4.9 acres of land on Hokum Rock Road in Dennis. The current proposal calls for eight units of housing. “We’re grateful to HAC and the Town of Dennis for recognizing the need for housing for developmentally disabled adults,” said Kathy, president of FORWARD. “We would not be able to do this without the support and generosity of HAC and the town.”
The final honoree at this year’s Annual Meeting is Ron Winner (photo above, right) who is being recognized as HAC’s Volunteer of the Year. Winner, who works at Shepley Wood Products, is a familiar face at both the NOAH Shelter and Angel House, where he regularly serves meals to clients.
Over the past two years, he has organized a cookout at the end of summer for women and their children staying at Angel House. He also has put together a holiday meal at the shelter, showing his compassion for those HAC serves.
Winner’s cooking skills were on full display to the public when he took part in HAC’s inaugural Quahog Challenge last summer, bringing home first place in the amateur category with Shepley colleague Kenny Mansbach.
HAC's 42nd Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition
When: Thursday, April 7, 5-7:30 pm
Where: Cape Codder Resort & Spa at 1225 Iyannough Road, Hyannis
Networking begins at 5 pm with the program starting at 5:30 pm. To register for the event, click this link.