May 20, 2014

Judge Rudolph Sacco to receive Scouts’ Distinguished Citizen Award



Staff report

PITTSFIELD – Retired Judge Rudolph Sacco is the 2014 Recipient of the Lawrence Strattner Jr. Distinguished Citizen Award.

The Strattner Award will be presented to Judge Sacco on Thursday, June 5 at the Pittsfield Country Club, 639 South St. Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn is the Strattner Award committee chairman. The award will be presented by New England Newspapers, Inc., retired CEO, Andy Mick.

Presented annually by the Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Lawrence Strattner Jr. Distinguished Citizen Award is named after the past president of Berkshire Life Insurance Company. Recipients must demonstrate a commitment to our community and, particularly, to youth opportunities and successes.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Sacco served as assistant attorney general and as commissioner of the Department of Public Utilities. He retired as a judge of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court after presiding for 25 years.

A member of St. Mark Parish in Pittsfield, Judge Sacco has been recognized for his community service with the Pro Bono Award and the Massachusetts Bar Association Award. He has been involved in many community organizations, including the Cancer Crusade, Girls Club, Camp Fire Girls, Daughters of Washington, Becket Arts Center, Make A Wish, Brien Center, Cerebral Palsy, the Boy Scouts, as a member of the Sons of Italy Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and as a founding member of UNICO chapter in Pittsfield.

Previous award recipients include Andy Mick, Gov. Jane Swift, Peter C. Giftos, Conrad Bernier, Ed McCormick, Michael Daly, Ray Murray III, Susan Lombard, David Phelps, Sen. Jack and Mrs. Jane Fitzpatrick, Dick Whitehead, C. Jeffrey Cook, Robert Wells, James Mooney, Dan Dillon, Rev. Willard and Mrs. Rosemary Durant, Thomas Aceto, and Lawrence Strattner, Jr.

All proceeds from this event directly benefit more than 850 young men and women served through Scouting’s programs in Greater Berkshire County.

Tickets for the event, which will begin at 5 p.m., must be purchased in adavance by contacting Gail Wojtkowiak at the Boy Scout Council Office in Pittsfield at 413-684-3542, Ext.7018 or [email protected].