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John Walsh award goes to local businessman

By Lombardo David
Friday, October 25, 2013

Michael Giovanone was the recipient of the first annual John Walsh Award in the Capital Region on Thursday night at the 6th Annual Halloween Masquerade Ball, a benefit for the Capital Region Office of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.








Mike Giovanone (Center)

He has supported the local efforts of NCMEC since it began in 2008 and is a founding member of NCMEC’s Capital Region Advisory Board. Giovanone, who is head of Concord Pools and Spas, is an active fundraiser for the organization and has shown consistent dedication to the cause of protecting children, according to a press release.

Capital Region NCMEC Board of Advisors Chairman Sam Palazzole said in a statement that many people were considered for the inaugural award. “But Mike Giovanone has consistently proven his commitment to the protection of children in the 11 counties we serve," he said.

"He was the obvious choice to receive the very first John Walsh Award in the Capital Region, and we give it with our deepest gratitude for his generosity and leadership since the very beginning," added Palazzole. "He is an example to us all.”

Saratoga Springs Police Lt. Laura Emanatian, Saratoga Police PBA 2012 Officer of the Year, was the event's keynote speaker.

The event was held at Prime at Saratoga National.

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