The Service Club of Andover will honor Tina Girdwood with its 2012 "Make a Difference Award" at this year's spring gala on April 28 at the Andover Country Club.

This award is given annually to an individual whose contributions have "made a difference" in the lives of the youth and developmentally disabled in the Merrimack Valley.

President of the Andover Coalition for Education, which raises money to support innovative, system-wide initiatives in the Andover Public Schools, Girdwood has previously served as School Committee chairwoman, Andover Building Committee member and as the Bancroft Elementary School PTO president.

In addition she has served on the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children board and on the League of Women Voters of Andover/North Andover. The former president of the Andover Recycling Committee, Girdwood is credited with playing a crucial role in bringing town-run curbside recycling to Andover.

The public is invited to join in the April 28 event honoring Girdwood. The dinner and auction is open to all and the event will be hosted by Matt Noyes, meteorologist for cable television station NECN. Auction items include premium wines;, golf packages; Mother and Fathers Day packages including spa visits, golf outings, limos and dinner; Celtics playoff tickets; a family membership to Indian Ridge, and much more.

For more information contact Joanne Heim at

The Service Club of Andover consists of a group of volunteers who live or work in the Merrimack Valley and are committed to "making a difference" in the lives of youth and individuals with special needs. The group encourages people to join its organization. For more information contact Enzo Fossella at 978-470-2050.

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