2017 Harry S. Cutting Award Jr. Recipients
Laurie and Matt Hogan
Laurie’s civic involvement began in 1983 when she joined the Shrewsbury Chapter of the League of Women Voters. As a member of the League Observer Corps, she observed the Shrewsbury Housing Authority meetings each month, and in 1984 ran for a seat and was elected to that board. In an effort to bring the League message to a broader audience, in 1988 Laurie was trained as one the many new public access Community Producers by the Shrewsbury Media Connection. Laurie was a vocal advocate for having local government meetings televised, a controversial subject at the time. In 1990, she was one of the founding members of the Shrewsbury Media Connection Advisory Board. Having been the videographer for the Board of Selectmen meetings for several years, in 1993 she ran for a seat and was elected, Selectmen, serving until 2000. Through the years, Laurie has been involved in many organizations including President of the Paton School PTO, Girl Scouts Cookie Chairman, President of the Shrewsbury Garden Club, and a Town Meeting Member for over 30 years. In 2006 Laurie was elected to the Board of Library Trustees, and has served as Chair for many years.
Matt’s civic involvement began in the mid-1980s as a Farm Team manager for Shrewsbury Little League, and as a member of the Shrewsbury Youth Hockey League. At the time, the Shrewsbury Hockey League was struggling, with only six teams and $800 in the bank. A majority of the board wanted to merge with another league. Matt, along with other newer members of the association, successfully defeated the merger vote (by one), and Shrewsbury Youth Hockey was rebuilt. During this time, Matt served as the Chairman of the Board for a number of years. By the time Matt left the Association, it had thirteen teams and $30,000. The hockey players who entered the program in the year following the merger vote went on to win the State Hockey Championship for Shrewsbury High School in 1999. Matt has been a Town Meeting Member since 1986, and was a member of the Beal School Space Needs Committee in the late 1980s, which lead to the reopening of Beal School. He also was a Junior Achievement Teacher at Spring Street School from 1997 to 2001. Matt is the CEO of Industrial Packaging, headquartered in Worcester, and recently celebrated his 45th year with the company. Matt is a long serving member, and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, and is Chairman of the Board of ALS ONE, an organization committed to a cure or treatment of ALS by 2020.
For the last ten years, Laurie and Matt’s focus has been the Shrewsbury Library project. With the help of the Library Director Ellen Dolan, the other Library Trustees, and hundreds of volunteers, Laurie lead two Debt Exclusion voter campaigns in, 2011 and 2013, for local approval of the funding for the library project. After losing the 2011 election by 153 votes, the 2013 election vote was the highest margin of victory for a debt exclusion election in the town’s history. In 2016, the fundraising committee, co-chaired by Matt, as well as Mary Casey, successfully met the private fundraising goal of $1.75 million.
The newly-expanded and renovated Shrewsbury Public Library was opened in September 2016.
The Cutting Award honors those who embody the spirit of Harry S. Cutting Jr., a Co-Founder of SYFS and noted Shrewsbury philanthropist. Award recipeints are chosen for their remarkable and selfless efforts to enhance the community of Shrewsbury.