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Chamber names Lynch Citizen of the Year

Award 'a huge honor' for tornado relief leader

Gina Lynch, of Brimfield, was named Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Central Mass South. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
December 04, 2011
BRIMFIELD — Gina Lynch was recently honored for her leadership efforts in providing tornado relief since June 1, as the Chamber of Central Mass South named her the chamber's 2011 Citizen of the Year.

The chamber's Board of Directors and its Executive Director Alexandra McNitt unanimously chose Lynch for the distinction. In the immediate aftermath of the June 1 tornado that destroyed several homes in Brimfield, Lynch established the First Congregational Church of Brimfield as a tornado relief center, a role it continues to serve more than six months since the tornado. Her husband, Pastor Ian Lynch — as well as dozens of volunteers — have assisted her with relief initiatives.

"Gina did an amazing job helping people after the tornado by setting up the relief facility at the church, organizing volunteers, and collecting donations," said Jean Sullivan, the chairman of the Chamber of Central Mass South Board of Directors. "She dedicated hundreds of hours to helping people in her town who had been impacted by the tornado, and it was really a no-brainer to choose her for this award."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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