The annual Auburn Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service and Riley Award Ceremony will be held tonight at 7:30pm at Pakachoag Church.  Light refreshments will be served after the service.  All are welcome to attend.

This year’s Riley Award recipient is Alice Rea. Alice is an elected member of the Auburn Housing Authority. She has previously served as a Town Meeting Member, a member of the Community Emergency Response Team, a member of the Board of Health and has been a Commissioner on the Board of the Auburn Housing Authority since 2005.

Several years ago Alice helped to make the film “Are you Ok?” to show to the elderly citizens during educational programs at the Senior Center.  She is a retired nurse, she has dedicated her life to help educate Auburn’s citizen’s on how to be safe and healthy.

The John E. & Ethel E. Riley Outstanding Citizenship Award was created in 1976 to honor the Riley’s for their contribution to serving and making life for Auburn Citizens better. John served as the Town Clerk from 1922 to 1975 and Ethel served as an Assistant for many years. There was money donated that is now held by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. The interest earned is given to the recipient chosen each year.

History of John E. and Ethel E. Riley Award Winners

1977 Hugo Ullman
1978 Janet Macmillan
1979 Hubert K. Barry & Mary Adamsky
1980 John J. Boudreau
1981 Alfreda Warren
1982 Not Given
1983 Lorraine Nordgren & Paul Noack
1984 Not Given
1985 Anna & Dick Fleming
1986 Not Given
1987 Albert & Ronald Prouty
1988 Frank & Joan Cassidy
1989 Edmund Lemansky
1990 Kevin & Nancy Beach
1991 Bob Lund & Bill Bylund
1992 Suzanne Billings & Lil Green
1993 Doris Hill
1994 George S. Jewell & Ellie Oleson
1995 Lorraine Scheffler & Henry Utter
1996 Matt & Adele Smith
1997 Ray Twarowski & Paul Sturgis
1998 Anne & Jack Nugent
1999 Dan Young
2000 Lynn & Tim Cummins
2001 Mary W. Robinson
2002 Phyllis D. Gallant
2003 Robert & Carole Murray
2004 Francis M. Provost
2005 George J. Fournier
2006 Elizabeth & William Gribbons
2007 Hilda Healy
2008 Patricia Bukoski
2009 Richard Ringgard
2010 Victoria & David Mclaughlin
2011 Rev. Robert F. & Leona F. Fenby
2012 Rev. John Gee
2013 Robert R. Breault
2014 Kenneth Ethier
2015 Roger Belhumeur
2016 Rec. Dennis Knight
2017 Alice M. Rea