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Advertising Club to Honor Pynchon Award Medalist Kathy Picard

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Kathy Picard, the recipient of the 2014 William Pynchon Award, will be honored Thursday, Nov. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Chez Joseph in Agawam.

The honor, bestowed annually since 1915 by the Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts, recognizes individuals from the region who have demonstrated exceptional community service with compassion, humility, and grace. A survivor of child sexual abuse, Picard has transformed her painful past into community activism aimed at raising awareness in all areas of child safety, using her strength and activism to help change laws, improve resources, and put better protection in place. She will be inducted into the Order of William Pynchon during the 99th annual program, becoming the 200th distinguished individual to be presented with the award.

The awards program, emceed by WWLP 22News anchor Rich Tettemer, begins at 7 p.m. following a cocktail hour from 6 to 7 p.m. Seating is available at $70 per person, and tables of 10 are available. To make a reservation, call (413) 736-2582, e-mail [email protected], or register online at adclubwm.org/events.

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