Story and photo by Sandy MacKay
Have you ever wondered where the saying, “He would give you the shirt off his back,” came from? Although the origin is unknown, it is apparent that the idiom is derived from people who would, in other terms, bend over backwards to help others and their community. Scott Gladstone, owner of ten local Wireless Zone outlets, fits in this category.
The Waterford Country School feels the same way.
Scott Gladstone is the new, sole recipient of their 2012 Community Service Award. The Waterford Country School Staff Recognition Committee feels unanimously that there was no one more deserving to receive this prestigious award. The May 23 award presentation took place at the Annual Board-Staff Recognition Reception at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford.
He’s actively involved in giving back to the community through various organizations, and the Waterford Country School holds a special place in his heart.
Gladstone’s associate, Gary Saunders, who passed away in 2011, was both a loyal friend and customer of the Wireless Zone. He was committed to the Waterford Country School’s mission and encouraged Scott to do the same. After witnessing firsthand the good the school provides to less fortunate children, Scott knew there would be no better spot to dedicate his efforts, energy, and funding.
The school reports that Scott’s involvement over the last several years provides the Waterford Country School with expanded community awareness and funding, and growing volunteer base. He annually nominates the Waterford Country School for the Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving Inc. grant, which donates thousands per year to help the school blossom. During the Christmas season, the stores also host a toy drive for each of the School’s less fortunate students.
Gladstone and his team also built a treehouse for the children and organized the on-campus appearance of NFL football player Patrick Pass of the New England Patriots. Scott’s dedication to the Gary Saunders Memorial Golf Tournament helped raise over $22,000 for the Waterford Country School and the goal for this year is even higher. The golf benefit will be held on September 20 at the Great Neck Country Club, formerly known as the New London Country Club.
For more than 84 years, the Waterford Country School has honored their motto, “Whatever It Takes,” to enrich the lives of children and strengthen families. Visits and tours are encouraged, and the facilities are available for family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team building programs as well. Learn more about the school at www.waterfordcountryschool.