Sunday, February 28, 2010

Jimmy Lucibello-Maine Equality Award

Congrats to Ogunquit's own Jimmy Lucibello for being the recipient of distinguished The Cameron Duncan Equality Maine award. Jimmy came to Ogunquit 10 years ago for the summer and never left. Jimmy works for the Frannie Peabody Center. The Frannie Peabody Center is the largest community-based HIV/AIDS services organization in Maine, providing prevention services for at-risk groups and direct services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Jimmy heads up a men’s group called "Get Out Ogunquit". The group connects and supports gay and bisexual men through education and community activities. The group meets Mondays in Ogunquit. Locals, and tourists alike, attend these safe, non-judgemental weekly meetings. The group is sponsored by the Franny Peabody Center. Lucibello has also been involved with HIV education within the Franny Peabody Center as a peer support person.
I have known Jimmy since he lived in Chelsea, MA over 10 years ago. Jimmy has been an: educator, innkeeper for Black Boar Inn, bartender, and social activist. If there is a worthwhile cause, Jimmy is always there: Special Olympics, animal Welfare, HIV/AIDS support,  Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce, Maine Foster Children’s Christmas; and gay marriage/Vote No on One.  Lucibello has tirelessly worked in various campaigns that involve equal rights, social justice and helping others.

People like Jimmy, are another reason why I call Ogunquit home. His positive outlook on life, and his effervescent personality shines beautifully like the meaning of his name in Italian: beautiful light!

Jimmy was recently visiting Wilton Manors, FL for a much needed vacation.

Again, Congrats to Jimmy Lucibello, this year's winner of the Maine Equality Award!

1 comment:

  1. Here is something about the Franny Peabody!