The West Virginia Child Care is recognizing local chef Rocco Basil for his commitment to bettering the lives of the young women and children served by Crittenton Services, Inc. Basil was presented the Community Award by the WVCCA in Charleston at its annual conference.
"Rocco has been the chosen chef for Paint the Town Pink for years, held a fundraising event "Cook and Brew" for Crittenton, and has donated many hours to our kids. We are blessed to call him a friend," said Kathy Szafran, President and CEO.
The WVCCA Community Award is for an entity or an individual that is not a child care service provider, but has involved itself in the some way to positively affect the lives of the children in the care of one of one of its member agencies.
Also being honored is Crittenton's Caitlin Skiba. Skiba is being recognized as Child Care Worker of the Year for her dedication as a Crittenton's Activities Director at Crittenton's residential program.
"Recently, Crittenton received funding to take our girls on a special trip. We had originally spoken about a beach trip for a long weekend, but we thought it would be too difficult on Caitlin. Caitlin came to me and said, 'Let me do this. They need to see the ocean. So many of them may never get this chance.' How could I say no to that? Caitlin took the reins and planned a wonderful experience for our girls. One they aren't soon to forget. For that and so many other reasons, we are proud to call her an employee," said Szafran.
For more information about the behavioral health services Crittenton provides, call 1-800-280-2229 or go to Crittenton's website www.florencecrittenton.net.
The West Virginia Child Care Association champions what is best for the state's most vulnerable children and their families, the professionals who care for them and the organizations that exist to impact their lives. For more information, go to www.wvcca.org.