FLEMINGTON, N.J. — Three local individuals will be honored at Team Velvet Inc.’s May 6 fundraiser for their service helping children who have suffered from trauma.

The 2018 Team Velvet Inc. Community Service Award winners are: Lon Hosford, Pier Guidi and Wilma Wilt.

According to a statement from Team Velvet, “The theme of this year’s National Children’s Mental Health Day on May 10 is Helping Children Heal from Trauma.”

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The three individuals being honored “have all, in their own unique ways, significantly aided local children in the trauma-healing process by offering community service to our charity that would have been impossible for us to purchase. Their volunteer efforts, selfless savvy and dazzling competence have increased the light of hope for kids who may have been suffering in silence. Instead there is a message of hope: psychological treatment for trauma is available as are horses who help and both are supported by these volunteers who share information, update Internet resources and use creativity to raise funds providing non-mounted horse therapy services for children ages 5-12,” said Susan Edwards, Ph.D., Psychologist/Director of Team Velvet Inc.

The awards will be presented at the spring fundraiser “Tip Your Hat to Spring” May 6 from 1-4:30 p.m. at Journeys End Farm, 79 Old Clinton Road, Flemington, N.J. 08822. Tax deductible donation is $20 a carload.

The High Tech Hero Community Service Award, will be presented to Lon Hosford and Pier V. Guidi.

Hosford, a 40-year Hunterdon County resident is a website developer, educator and author who has managed international technology projects from Hunterdon as CEO of Web Skills Bootcamp (https://webskillsbootcamp.teachable.com),

Hosford teaches website development courses to students from 74 countries worldwide and is organizer of the Hunterdon Computer Club (https://www.hunterdoncomputerclub.org/). His work with Raritan Valley Community College has been both academic as Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Professional Development Department and applied through web development. For the past year he has helped Team Velvet Inc. negotiate stormy seas and complex issues involving Internet, web and interactive high tech interface.

Guidi, a retired computer systems engineer has provided technology assistance for Team Velvet Inc. Guidi is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the website, social media, still photography, video production and printed marketing materials. With degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the bulk of his career was as a research and product development manager at AT&T’s Bell Labs.

Guidi came to Team Velvet as a result of meeting Hosford, his professor at a Raritan Valley Community College Professional Development course, who was searching for assistance to help this charity as part of Hosford’s leadership role in the Hunterdon Community Club.

The Creative Wonderwoman Community Service Award recipient is long-time Stockton resident, Wilma Wilt, a retired professional woman whose career in the State of New Jersey included positions in both the Purchase Bureau and the Environmental Protection Agency.

An active supporter of education, Wilt used her creative skills in supporting events for the local PTA prior to coming to Team Velvet. Maintaining an active interest in crafts since childhood, she uses various media including cloth, flowers, gift baskets and creative design to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Her creative talent has been irreplaceable in the charity’s fundraising event process.

All three 2018 Community Service Award winners will be honored by the board and receive a three-horse salute at the May 6 fundraiser. All have been directly responsible for the successful resolution of complex technical issues and provided competence and support without which service delivery to children would not have been possible.

For more information, see www.teamvelvet.com  or call Dr. Edwards at 609 924 4330.

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