WILMINGTON — Last Friday, May 10, Mike Burns was named the 2019 Wilmington Good Guy at the 51st annual Good Guy Dinner. Burns was honored at the dinner with several accolades, as well as a “roast.”
Burns is a member of several local organizations, as well as an active volunteer. Notably, his is an active member of the Rotary Club, where he was formerly the President. He is responsible for organizing the Rotary Club’s annual Ice Bucket Challenge, which benefits ALS research and the Angel Fund.
He has also been a member of the Wilmington Recreation Commission, where past notable events include portraying Santa Claus at community events over the years. Any profits he made were donated to charity.
Burns also serves on the Wilmington Community Television (WCTV) Board of Directors. He has hosted numerous events for the channel, such as Wilmington’s 275th anniversary Parade, and Fun on the Fourth festivities on Independence Day.
Also, Burns was the primary person responsible for the #1978/6 lawn signs around town, intended to bring awareness to the extent of the current drug and alcohol problem within the local and state communities. These lawn signs represent the number of fatal drug overdoses in Massachusetts from the year 2017 (1978), and the number of fatal drug overdoses first responders attended to in Wilmington (6).
20 former Good Guys were in attendance at the dinner, as well as many of Burns’ family and friends. The Good Guy Committee’s award was presented to Burns by his predecessor, 2018 Good Guy Dianna DiGregorio.
Also among those in attendance at the dinner were State Representative Dave Robertson, and State Senator Bruce Tarr. Both Robertson and Tarr spoke highly of Burns at the “roast,” and each presented him a citation; one from the House, and one from the Senate.
“Behind the scenes, you have people like Mr. Burns who go out each and every day with a mission for the greater good. It’s volunteers like Mike that make Wilmington Wilmington,” said Robertson. “As a younger person, seeing folks like Mike is inspiring. It makes me and others want to give back to the community.”
Other people that contributed to the “roast” were Burns’ sons, Doug and Chris, Town Manager Jeff Hull, and several of Burns’ friends.
In response to receiving this honor, Burns emphasized the importance of community involvement, advocating that it was a positive influence within his own life and relationships.
“I got a lot more out of volunteering than I ever gave. If you’re not involved in the community, I strongly suggest that you get involved with different organizations or programs. It’s very rewarding, very satisfying. I had the opportunity to meet terrific people and make wonderful lasting friendships,” Burns said in his acceptance speech. “This is such a wonderful honor. I feel humbled. I am honored by your presence.”