John Salerno and Betsy Tooker to be honored at Franciscan banquet

John Salerno, left, and Betsy Tooker, right, from Tops marketplace in Plantsville will be honored at a June 5 banquet at the Aqua Turf.

John Salerno and Betsy Tooker from Tops Marketplace in Plantsville will be honored at the 2018 Franciscan sports banquet and silent auction at the Aqua Turf Club on Tuesday, June 5.

The local business partners will receive the Mother Shaun Appreciation Award for their continued support of and generosity to the programs and services of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist: The Franciscan Life Center and Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care.

Honored guests include ESPN commentator Rece Davis (Saint Francis Award); ESPN coordinating editor Claire Smith (Saint Clare Award); Joe D’Ambrosio (Dean of Sports Award); Prime Materials Recovery CEO Bernie Schilberg (Jim Calhoun Community Service Award); and Special Olympic Connecticut athletes.

Tickets cost $65 ($30 for children 12 and under). The event will feature a silent auction that includes sports memorabilia autographed by Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Duke Snider, and Walter Payton.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit,, or call (203) 237-8084.

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