The Mary Campbell Center Honors Philanthropist and Former Neighbor Louis J. Capano JR.

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Louis J. Capano, Jr., received the Joseph J. Picciotti, Jr. Chairman’s Award from the Mary Campbell center in recognition of his steadfast commitment to serving and supporting the organization’s mission.

Louis Capano, Jr., with three of the Center’s founders: Charles Welch, Marcia Raniere and Joseph Picciotti.

It has been a huge privilege watching the center grow into such a vibrant part of our community – and I am very proud to have played a small role in that growth.

The Mary Campbell Center has awarded Louis J. Capano, Jr., its Joseph J. Picciotti, Jr. Chairman’s Award. Presented yesterday by the 94-year old Picciotti, the Center’s co-founder and award namesake, the recognition honors those who have shown a steadfast commitment to serving and supporting the organization’s mission.

“It is the wonderful people who work here at The Mary Campbell Center that deserve all the recognition,” says award recipient Louis J. Capano Jr., who along with his son Louis Capano III, runs Capano Management. “These people do God’s work.”

The Mary Campbell Center provides a homelike environment that helps adults with disabilities achieve personal goals and increased independence.

“What could be more significant than that?” asks Capano.

Capano shared with attendees that he grew up next to what is now The Mary Campbell Center.

“As a child I clearly remember Mary’s husband, Mr. Amos Campbell, sitting on the porch of the old farmhouse with their daughter Evelyn at his side,” he said. “It has been a huge privilege watching the center grow into such a vibrant part of our community – and I am very proud to have played a small role in that growth.”

“Mr. Capano is very private about his contribution and didn’t seek this honor,” said Tom Shea, the Center’s Director of External Affairs. “He has answered every call for help, and always comes through for us. This award is our way of saying thank you in a public way for his dedicated support over the decades.”

Established in 1976, The Mary Campbell Center offers a unique home-like residential community for the care of people with physical and cognitive challenges. Currently with 68 full-time residents, the Center also extends programs and services to other organizations serving individuals with disabilities.

Helping Provide ‘Home and Heart to Children and Adults with Disabilities’

The Capano family has a decades-long history with the Center and its founders that began as neighbors and friends in the same community. They eventually contributed to multiple projects that have helped expand the Center’s services. In 2007, Louis Capano, Jr., and his brother Joseph helped support an addition to the All-Star Room residential wing, donated in honor of their parents. Capano, Jr.’s niece Danielle Capano is also a case manager at the Center.

Most recently, the Louis J. Capano Jr. Family Foundation made a substantial commitment to the Center’s capital campaign for new additions to its Farmhouse Lane and Comfort Zone ‘neighborhood’ residential wings. The neighborhood concept offers residents a sense of homelike identity and consistency in staffing support. Residents in each neighborhood meet monthly to plan activities, events, and trips.

Tours of the newly completed additions, as well as the chairman’s award ceremony, were part of yesterday’s Founders’ Day Open House event.

The Louis Capano Family Foundation was established as a public charitable organization in 2006 by Louis J. Capano Jr. and Louis J. Capano III to raise essential funding and awareness for the nonprofits of Delaware with a specific focus on children and families in need.

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