In honor of his years of service, patients, friends, colleagues, and family launched the Wessel Fund that supports the Wessel prize. The prize, inspired by Dr. Wessel’s years in practice, is given in honor of an individual or organization that has taken a leadership role in extending service—medical, social, psychological, economic or educational—to families in need.
The 2014 recipients of the Unsung Heroes Award are Dan Kinsman, music instructor at Fair Haven School, Raymond Wallace, founder of the Guns Down, Books Up organization and Music Haven, which brings music to the community’s youth. Each award comes with a grant for a local nonprofit to further the Heroes’ efforts. Click here for more about the 2014 recipients
Past recipients of the Wessel Prize include: Collective Consciousness Theatre
(Dexter Singleton), Junta
at Big Turtle Village (Rafael Ramos), Solar Youth
(Joanne Sciulli), Karen DelVecchio, Donna Savia, St. Martin dePorres Academy
(Mary Surowiekci), Bikes for Babes (Dan Perrotto), Grandparents on the Move, the Connecticut Health Policy Project
, the Mob Squad (Al Shakir), The Natural Guard, the Inner City Bicycle Program (David Clough), The Cesar Jerez Catholic Worker House
, and Leg Up (Anne Gallant).
“As a pediatrician I was always very much involved in the community, and I was interested in the total welfare of the children, so I figured this was a reflection of my interest,” Dr. Wessel once said.
At the celebration, Dr. Wessel’s son Paul, a prize committee member, recalled, “Traditionally, donors to foundations are wealthy people, but in this case we were a lot of people with small contributions and that made one large fund.”
Donations may be made online (below) to support the work of the Wessel Fund or by check to The Morris and Irmgard Wessel Fund, c/o The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510. All gifts are tax deductible. For more information about the Fund, please contact Paul Wessel at 203-410-8018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.