Three local fire chiefs, including Andover's Mike Mansfield, were recently awarded Community Service Awards by The Professional Center for Child Development at their annual Spring Gala.

Mansfield, Chief Brian Moriarty of Lawrence and Chief Bill McCarthy of North Andover were saluted for the work they do day to day in the community, and for how they stepped up with poise and leadership during the gas crisis that started with explosions Sept. 13.

The gala was held May 10 at the Andover Country Club.

This was the second year that PCCD celebrated the world of possibilities for children in their programs.

Executive Director Chris Hunt said in a press release: “As an organization we rely on the funds raised at these events to be able to support our program. We feel fortunate for the commitment by the community, especially our guests, sponsors, advertisers and volunteers, for making the 2019 Passport to Possibilities a success.”

In addition to honoring the local police chiefs, this year’s honorees included Children First Award Recipients Brad Varney of Boston B&P and Tommy Ouimette of National Seating and Mobility. They have provided support and assistance with equipment and orthotics for many children and families in the greater Merrimack Valley and children in PCCD programs.

The Veryl D. Anderson Legacy Award was granted to Christ Church of Andover for their continuous support of PCCD, especially in the early days of the agency. The award was presented by PCCD co-founder Veryl Anderson and accepted by Reverend Michael Hodges.

Presenting sponsor was Vogel Vending & ATM. The evening included a journey around the world through food and drink pairings, a silent auction, raffles and award recognition. Entertainment and photo booth were provided by Brad Bezzati of DJ Zati Productions, who also served as Master of Ceremonies. Kendra Petrone of WMJX (MAGIC 106.7) spearheaded the shout out. John Cronin, founder of Johns Crazy Socks, participated via video.

The Professional Center for Child Development places children on a path to achievement. Its support services ensure that children of all abilities can remain in a secure environment for learning and growing. The Center also helps children transition into settings beyond its classrooms; teaches parents and caregivers to be successful advocates for children; and works with public organizations to provide continued community-based support for children with and without special needs.

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