Tim Considine Appreciation Day. A City shows their love for one of their own.
TORRINGTON: You know, sometimes this city gets a bad rap.
This Northwest Corner populous and it’s thirty thousand plus residents are often defined by what’s read in the paper, or written on lousy blog’s or sounds offs.
To understand the true soul of what the majority of the people here stand for, all one had to do was to show up at the Tim Considine Appreciation Day, held at Action Wildlife in Goshen.
Despite a shaky weather afternoon that saw the skies open up for the better part of two hours, an estimated 1200-1500 family, friends, co-workers, old college buddy’s and more, showed up to pay tribute to a man who had made a profound difference in their life’s.
You see, this humble man, but 48-years old, is battling a determined foe in ALS that came on in February of this year.
Trouble is that while ALS may be a tough advisory, it may have picked on the wrong guy with one of the most dedicated and determined supports networks.
This was Torrington doing what it does best; taking care of one of their own who has given more to others than he will ever realize.
A staff of volunteers that tallied up to near 100, worked in perfect unison to feed the masses who played, walked and talked in between the rain drops.
Christine Gamari was in charge of the volunteers who helped make her uncle’s day more than anybody could have expected and organized with the same drive and moxie she showed on the basketball or volleyball courts during her days at Torrington High School.
“It was amazing to see how hard some of the most successful leaders of our community got together and worked as a team.” Gamari said. “My uncle has always been there for me during my playing days, as he was for so many in the area.”
It is often said that most of us don’t know how many people we have had an effect on during our lifetime but from the looks of things on Saturday night, Tim Considine found out in an up close and personal way.
1000 bracelets with the expression “Faith, Family and Friends” had been given out at the front gate by 5 p.m.The $20 dollar charge for adults flowed out of peoples hands like the water that came out of the clouds, with many donating whatever they could.
I have always believed that given the chance, people will do the right thing and Saturday night the right thing to do was very popular.Members of the Considine family and their new extended family worked tirelessly into the night to make sure Tim Considine understood just how important he had been to so many in his life.
Numbers like $30,000 where thrown around during the night as guesses on monies raced started being thrown around.
The goal was to provide for Tim’s wife, Cheryl and two son’s Tim Jr and Brian.
When it was time to break down the half a dozen tents and clean up after the meal, you could not help yourself.
You had to help.
Being part of this was not complete until you had worked it, even if just for a minute.
The numbers of respected friends and neighbors that I ran into are always at these type of community based events.
Guys like Rob Persechino, who is always cooking something good, as he was in the kitchen on Saturday night.
Chris Lovallo from Carbone’s, Chris and Michelle Cook, Mario Longobucco and countless others were of course on hand and lent a hand.
Paul Denza and Mike Gamari were there along with Eric Gamari and most of the Cerruto family.
Mrs. Pat Strawson and too, too many to finish mentioning here but rest assured, while there may not have been nary a firetruck on site, this place was on fire and jumping.
Jumping for a man who has given so much to the youth of Torrington over the years.
Jumping with the spirit that is what makes T-Town a great place to live.
Simply God’s way of letting Tim know he understands the struggle and is with him all the way, even when it comes to lowering the temperature with an extended shower.
No blog or sound off will ever capture the essence of Torrington.
You had to be there in Goshen on Saturday night to see it, smell it and be touched by it.