Each year, one Wilmington resident is awarded the . This year, for the first time since 2004, the honor was given to a Good Gal.
Jomarie O’Mahony, president of the , walked into the Knights of Columbus for the awards ceremony on May 13 and was surprised to find out she was not just a guest, but the guest of honor.
Good Guy committee members keep the winner a secret until the moment they walk through the door each year. O’Mahony was stunned because she believed she was in charge of walking the award winner, Jacquie Raffi, into the hall. Raffi, however, turned out to be a decoy.
“(I) was confused when she walked in and immediately scurried off to the side of the room,” said O’Mahony. “I think it wonderful that Wilmington has this award to recognize people who try to give back. I am honored that I will get to be a part of that process going forward.”
O’Mahony was the second youngest inductee, behind firefighter John Brown who retains that honor. At the end of Friday’s ceremony, O’Mahony and a host of Good Guys past all gathered for a photo opportunity.
Among her outstanding deeds in the last year, O’Mahony played a major part in organizing .
“The Good Guy award is presented to an individual who goes beyond the normal call of duty to make our community a better place in which to live,” said Good Guy committee member Joan Searfoss. “Jomarie certainly fit the bill this year. When you look at the groups and individuals that spoke Friday night, it proves that she has touched the lives of many people.”