June 14, 2014

Toast of the Town’s benefits are many

The 30 people honored during the annual “Toast of the Town” event through the years have been philanthropists, community leaders, volunteers and entrepreneurs.

Together, they embody the caring spirit of Dalton.

Thursday night at The Farm, Doug and Alice Squillario were recognized as the 2014 Toasts of the Town. They were feted by friends, family and acquaintances throughout the evening.

But the Squillarios did not want the focus of the fundraiser for the Family Support Council to be on them.

They wanted the attention on the Family Support Council, which does just what its name implies. The organization’s services include child and adult education efforts, child advocacy, residential services for teen mothers and their children, assistance to grandparents raising grandchildren, and home visitation services that focus on healthy families. During 2013, the council served 18,745 individuals.

“We’ve always done a number of organizations and a number of boards to give back to the community with time and money, and we don’t do it to be recognized,” said Doug Squillario. “And we were reluctant to do it (the event) except we knew it would help the Family Support Council raise money.”

And help the Family Support Council it did. The event raised more than $64,000 for the council, according to organizers.

By its definition, a toast of the town is someone or something held in very high regard by a group of people.

It’s refreshing to see the community honor each of these leaders. We are equally pleased to see the impact these leaders — and the funds they help raise — have on the community.

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