LITCHFIELD — The 22nd annual Price of Wisdom Celebration will take place at the Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center at 6:30 p.m. on November 16.

This year’s award honors the life and service of John N. Lavieri of Barkhamsted as a dedicated community leader and Kathy Minck of Litchfield, Connecticut as a champion of generosity.

Each year, the Wisdom Award is presented by the Daughters of Wisdom through Wisdom House to individuals who have contributed to the common good of the Northwestern Connecticut community through their generous volunteer service. The award honors that in their activity and commitment, Divine Wisdom is present and working among us.

Laveri, who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, is a retired chairman of Sterling Engineering in Barkhamsted. He graduated from Princeton University; after graduating, he volunteered as a VISTA volunteer in Scammon Bay, Alaska.

According to a statement, as a member of the Northwest community, he has been active in local health, non-profit and educational organizations and has received numerous special recognition awards. He was a member of the Rotary Club, a board member of the Northwest YMCA, and served on the board of directors for Hartford Health Care – Northwest Region. He is the former director of the Tunxis Council of the Boy Scouts of America, former director of the Northwestern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Northwest Connecticut, and served on the Northwestern Connecticut Community College Area Advisory Committee. .

His professional affiliations range from the Connecticut Tooling and Machining Association to the State Advisory Committee on Professional Training and he was a member of Connecticut’s delegate to the White House Small Business Conference.

Laveri lives in Barkhamsted with his wife, Corky. They have seven children, 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Minck is a retired management consultant in the financial industry where she held numerous national and international leadership and program management positions at several of the major insurance companies (eg Aetna, United Healthcare, Phoenix). During the last thirteen years of her career, she ran her own management consulting firm in the Connecticut and New York areas.

According to Wisdom House, Minck’s passion for addressing food insecurity led her to start a Food Rescue US program in Northwest CT in January 2016. She has served as Site Director for the past five years. , reducing food waste and food insecurity in 15 CT Northwest. communities and serving 30 local offices. She was the 2018 recipient of the Susan B. Anthony Community Service Award and Prime Time House’s 2019 Outstanding Business Outreach Award for employing members for the seasonal farm gleaning program as well as reducing food costs. In July 2021, she was also named a community leader during COVID-19 by Litchfield Magazine. She is also a board member of the Women & Girls Fund (part of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation), raising funds to support the financial and professional independence of local women and girls.

Minck resides in Litchfield with her husband Fred, a retired history and agriculture teacher and their three Australian Shepherd dogs.

The first Wisdom Awards were given in 1999 to the late Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss and the late Madeleine L’Engle.

Wisdom House is an interfaith retreat and conference center featuring programs in spirituality, education, and the arts, and offering hospitality to organizations with similar missions. Rooted in the tradition of Judeo-Christian wisdom, the center is committed to sustainability and concerned with contemporary issues. The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom.

For more information, contact Wisdom House at (860) 567-3163 or [email protected]