I was given the honor of a lifetime on Friday night when I was named Wilmington’s 2017 Good Guy. Now that I’ve had some time to reflect, there are so many people I would like to thank:
The Good Guy Committee worked so hard to make this evening special. I know you receive many worthy nominations each year, that you chose me to be in your company is incredibly humbling. As I said on Friday, your selflessness and hard work over the years are the foundation for what makes Wilmington so special – the result is a commuity where it is “cool to be kind.”
A special thank you to Steve Bjork, Dick Searfoss and the WCTV crew who, year after year, donate their time and incredible talents to make sure the spirit of the evening is delivered with humor and beautifully captured in photo and video.
To everyone who took the time out of their hectic lives to fill the Good Guy dinner with so much love my heart could burst… you will never know the gift your presence was to me.
To those who wrote letters year after year and spoke on my behalf… what an amazing gift you gave me allowing me to see myself through your eyes. Every person should be so lucky as to get to hear these things about themselves. My hope is that your words will inspire others to share their gratitude and admiration with the people they care about. Its one of those small acts of kindness that costs nothing but is worth so much.
My fellow Sole Sisters… In a world where judgement of others seems to come much too easily, the Sole Sisters are breath of fresh air. Our world needs more women like you – ones who lift each other up. You inspire me and many others, in so many ways, on a daily basis.
Ed, you are my unsung hero. You give me unconditional love and you contribute so much more than most would expect from a full time working husband…sharing in the cooking, laundry and cleaning so that I have time to pursue the things that I love to do in our community. I could not have a better partner to raise our boys with.
Aidan and Dillon, you have no idea the depth of my pride in you. You have grown into the thoughtful, generous and kind young men I always hoped you would be.
I learned very early in life the importance of kindness from my parents, Norm and Mary Ann Bail. You taught me by example that empathy and sharing of my God given talents is all I need to make a difference in this world. This lesson drives virtually everything I do. I will work tirelessly to pass this legacy on to my children.
To my sisters, my best friends – Jackie and Alicia – you are epitome of strength and love.
My friends worked tirelessly for months planning every detail of the Good Guy dinner to make sure it was perfect and a surprise… from filling the hall with the most important people in my life, to decorating a special “Good Guy” tree, making centerpieces and of course the Thriller flash mob! I’m not sure what I’ve done to deserve all of this, but your friendship has been one of the biggest blessings of my life.
Last but definitely not least, to my fellow We’re One Wilmington board members. Because of you I have discovered my passion and what elevates my life experience from ordinary to extraordinary. You are the most beautiful human beings I’ve ever met. You have taught me what true compassion looks like. Because of you, I am able to push beyond my comfort zone and achieve things I never knew I was capable of. Words are inadequate to describe how I feel about you. “We all need people in our lives who raise our standards, remind us of our essential purpose, and challenge us to become the best version of ourselves (Matthew Kelly).” I love this quote so much because it reminds me of you.
With much love and gratitude,
2017 Wilmington Good Guy
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