Lou Cimaglia would have been happy leaving Gillette Stadium as a third place winner during the Myra Kraft Community MVP awards luncheon. But meeting Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, being awarded the grand prize, and taking home $25,000 for Local Heroes wasn't a bad way to end the day either.
The Wilmington Veteran's Agent was awarded for his work as founder of Local Heroes on Wednesday as he topped 300 applicants and 15 other finalists in the annual award given out by the New England Patriots.
Joshua Kraft, son of Patriots owner Robert Kraft, read off the names of the other finalists one at at time.
At first, 10 third place winners were recognized and given $2,500. Cimaglia's name wasn't called. Then one at a time, the second place winners were recognized and given $10,000 each. Once again, no sign of Cimaglia's name.
Finally, there were no other organizations left except the Wilmington non-profit's, and Cimaglia took the memorable trip up to the stage to shake the hands of punter Zoltan Mesko and Patriot great Andre Tippett before exchanging a high five with Robert Kraft.
"We made Wilmington proud once again," said Cimaglia.