Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman to receive ADL Torch of Liberty Award


The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will honor Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, John J. Patrick, Jr., and JoAnn H. Price at the 2015 Greater Hartford Torch of Liberty Award Reception, to be held Thursday evening, Oct. 1, in West Hartford. The Torch of Liberty Award celebrates Connecticut residents for their tradition of community service and philanthropy.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman began her career in public service more than 30 years ago when she successfully sought a seat on the Tolland Board of Education. After serving for eight years on the board, Wyman was elected to four terms in the Connecticut House of Representatives, where she served as chair of the Education Committee and held a leadership position on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education.

In 1994, Wyman became the first woman ever elected State Comptroller. She began serving as lieutenant governor in 2010.

Wyman currently chairs the boards of the Interagency Council for Ending the Achievement Gap, the Governor’s Youth and Urban Violence Commission, the Reimagine Rocky Hill Task Force and Access Health CT.

She is a longtime supporter of the American School for the Deaf and currently serves on its Board of Directors. Additionally, she is active in the campaign to raise funds for breast cancer research and has been closely involved with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the National Kidney Foundation and the American Heart Association.

John J. Patrick, Jr., is chairman, president and CEO of Farmington Bank, as well as chairman of the Board of Directors of First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. Patrick has served as chair of the Bridging the Gap Campaign for Foodshare, as well as chairman of the Foundations for the Future Bicentennial Campaign for American School for the Deaf, the Connecticut Bankers Association, and the Board of Vantis Life Insurance Company. He is a former director of Hartford Health Care and of the Central Connecticut State University Foundation, Inc.

JoAnn H. Price moved to Connecticut in 1994 to the minority- and woman-led asset management firm specializing in alternative investments, Fairview Capital Partners. She serves on the boards of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Amistad Center for Art and Culture, Hartford Communities That Care, the Greater Hartford YMCA and Wilson Gray YMCA. In addition, she is a member of the Howard University Board of Visitors, treasurer of the Apollo Theater Foundation in New York City and a director of The Vantagepoint Funds. She is also a member of the Connecticut Board of Regents and serves as an ordained deacon at Union Baptist Church in Hartford.

For more information on the awards reception, contact Lisa Ratcliff at lratcliff@adl.org or (203) 288-6500 x304.

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