Congratulations to Mark Lorenzoni, owner of Ragged Mountain Running Shop and winner of the 2012 Stephen B. Perry Award for Outstanding Service to People with Autism!
The Stephen B. Perry Award recognizes outstanding dedication and service on behalf of people living with autism. The award is named in honor of Steve Perry, who served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Institute of Autism from 2003 to the time of his death in December of 2011. Steve’s contribution to the Virginia Institute of Autism is immeasurable. He was deeply committed to the children and families VIA serves, to the high-quality, evidence based services it provides, to creating opportunities for people with autism, and to improving quality of life for people with autism and their families. This community award honors his work by recognizing those who continue to carry it on.
Recipients are selected for outstanding service to empower people with autism to increase their quality of life and opportunity for success. Preference goes to work that supports evidence-based programs.
The 2012 Stephen B. Perry Award presentation was sponsored by Virginia National Bank and took place at the VIA GALA on October 12th. Mark Lorenzoni has been selected in recognition of his work on behalf of the Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA) and kids and families with autism. Mark served on the Board of Directors for VIA from the school’s founding in 1996 until 2009. He served two terms as President between 2000 and 2005, and during his tenure courageously moved the school forward in many ways, including to its present campus, where programs can serve many more children and families. For more than 13 years Lorenzoni has served as volunteer Race Director for the Run for Autism 5K, and he has grown the event into one of the most successful races in our area, raising $50,000 a year for the Virginia Institute of Autism. Mark also provides work opportunities for VIA students in his store, and serves as a terrific ambassador for VIA, taking every opportunity to tell the public about what VIA is doing and why it is so important. Ask him why he does it, and he will say it is all about the kids, and their families, and all of us coming together as a community.