Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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May 15, 2013

Popular veterinarian picked for Book of Golden Deeds Award

Local veterinarian Dr. Richard D. Lindsay of Andover is being lauded for his outstanding community service work as recipient of The Exchange Club of Lawrence’s Book of Golden Deeds Award.

The Book of Golden Deeds Award is presented to a person who has devoted endless hours of their time and talents to helping others and who deserves acclaim but rarely receives it.

“There is no question that Dr. Lindsay is one such person,” said Rick Blain, an Exchange Club past president and chairman of the Book of Golden Deeds program, adding that a number of people recommended Lindsay for the award.

A member of the Board of Governors of the Lawrence Boys & Girls Club, Lindsay’s key interest has been providing motivated kids from Lawrence with opportunities that they could not otherwise have. While he for years sponsored college scholarships, he recognized the need to make a long-term investment so that a young person could not only enroll in college, but earn a degree.

Lindsay was also instrumental in establishing the Shadow Fund, a program to offer services to those who could not pay for the often extraordinary medical costs for their animals. Shadow was a 5-year-old yellow Labrador retriever owned by a Vietnam veteran who was willing to quit his $488-per-week job to enable him to access his 401K retirement fund to care for Shadow.

A story about Shadow by Mark Vogler in The Eagle-Tribune piqued the interest of Lindsay and Diane Sullivan at Massachusetts School of Law. Their plea for assistance resulted in a surplus of donations beyond what was needed to care for Shadow and led to the beginning of the fund.

Lindsay has also served many nonprofit organizations in the community and helped countless people in numerous ways.

“It is truly an honor for us to recognize this caring, dedicated and humble man who does so much for so many,” Exchange Club President Sharon Birchall said in the release.

The Book of Golden Deeds dinner and awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 28, at the Wyndham Hotel in Andover. The dinner reception begins at 6 p.m., with the award ceremony starting at 7. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased by contacting Blain, event chairman, at 978-332-5100 or by email at rick@rrblain.com. Payments may also be sent to the Exchange Club of Lawrence, P.O. Box 552, Lawrence 01842.

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