April 23, 2013 marked the 14th Annual Salute to Laudable Londoners—this year shining the spotlight on Bob and Shelly Siskind. The London Hunt and Country Club was once again the setting of an evening which saw a full house come together to celebrate this great couple. Well known in various circles in London as a gracious and philanthropic couple Bob and Shelly have spent years giving of their time and resources while serving on the boards of many community and organizational committees throughout the city.
Bill Brady, first recipient along with his wife Mary Ann, of the Laudable Londoners title and MC of nearly every Laudable event thereafter, welcomed the crowd and kept everyone on the edge of their seats with razor-sharp humor and insights. Mary Beth Drake and Doug Alexander, long time friends of the Siskinds, reflected with fond memories on many of their stories accumulated in the years of friendship with Shelly and Bob respectively. The Siskind daughters, Cathy Siskind-Kelly and Heather Levite took to the podium together and on behalf of their brother Michael, gave an insightful and heartfelt peek at what growing up with such well-travelled and philanthropic parents meant to them.
Gary Jazey, President of Participation House Foundation thanked all attendees for their generosity and unveiled the Participation House video to the audience—a brief montage highlighting the services, vision, mission and needs of Participation House, starring supported individuals, their families and staff. 2013 also marks the 25th anniversary of Participation House Support Services – since its humble beginnings as a group of parents began to lobby for supports for their sons and daughters, to a thriving agency with 51 locations within London and Area and 350 staff providing support and care to the over 150 individuals who call Participation House home.
It is on behalf of these amazing individuals that we extend our most heartfelt thanks to everyone who not only helped us honour Bob and Shelly for all that they do within the entire London community, but contributed to our great cause as well.