A volunteer organizer for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life in Middletown, Briccotto is one of four Hometown Heroes who will be honored March 6 at the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce's Sixth-Annual Meet the Pros and Taste of MOT Spring Expo.
A volunteer organizer for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life in Middletown, Briccotto is one of four Hometown Heroes who will be honored March 6 at the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce's Sixth-Annual Meet the Pros and Taste of MOT Spring Expo, along with business owner Dean Hatton, Townsend Fire Company firefighter Brian Eide and Brig. Gen. Carol Timmons.
Q What's it like to be named a Hometown Hero by the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce?
A It's truly an honor. There are so many people out there who are so dedicated to giving back to the community, both business owners and non-business owners alike that it was a real surprise they picked me among this group of really outstanding people.
Q You were named a Hometown Hero by the American Cancer Society in September. Why do you think you've been getting so much attention lately?
A I have absolutely no clue. Volunteering was something instilled in us at Ursuline Academy and something I was brought up with so it's just natural for me to want to be involved. I've been doing volunteer work with the American Cancer Society for about a decade and this year, for some reason, I've been getting a lot of recognition for it.
Q What are you working on now?
A I'm the youth engagement chair for this year's Relay for Life on June 6 and 7, so I'm working to find creative ways to get area youth involved. Part of that is kicking off this year's Relay Recess Program at local schools and daycare centers. The program involves education about tobacco and health/wellness while also raising money. Last year, we did it at Silver Lake Elementary, Old State Elementary and Tender Loving Kare, and we want to expand on it this year. So anyone interested in having an event day is welcome to contact me.
Q What advice do you have for other people who would like to make a difference in their community?
A Get out there and do it. It's really that simple. Find you passion and go for it.