In 2012, Local Heroes was awarded with the Myra Kraft Foundation’s Community MVP prize.
The $25,000 grant was presented by New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft.
Here is what some of the local media had to say about the day’s events:
Lou Cimaglia would have been happy leaving as a third place winner during the . But meeting Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, being , and taking home $25,000 for Local Heroes wasn’t a bad way to end the day either.
Cimaglia, who is also Wilmington’s Veterans Agent, said that the organization got started after he served in Desert Storm. When his unit was sent back over, he wanted to send packages to the service members, as did other families. Eventually, the list of servicemembers that they sent packages to grew and grew. Soon they were sending care packages to any servicemember serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, whose name was given to them.
- Lowell Sun
Never once looking for recognition or personal gain, Lou has watched many families reunite at Local Heroes as well as watch them cope when a loved one is lost. He has been an invaluable resource to veterans returning from war. Shaken and readjusting, they often need a role model and a friend. Lou is both of those things to countless returning soldiers. He also provides support for military families including aiding devastated families in unimaginable ways, seemingly becoming a part of their family.