Ron Bianchi Way Dedicated
On Monday July 30, 2012, a section of the park at St. Mary’s By the Sea in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport was dedicated as “Ron Bianchi Way” in honor Ronald J. Bianchi and the way in which he served those in the community of Bridgeport for more than 37 years.
As co founder of the SWIM Across the Sound foundation, Ron has helped the SWIM grow from a single marathon race in 1987 raising $5,000 to a year-long series of events which, in 2011, raised $2.6 million and helped 20,000 people through its more than 35 programs.
Picture from Left to Right – MSG Director of Physician Operation Frank Scifo, MD, Ron Bianchi, wife Lynette Bianchi Bridgeport City Council President Thomas C. McCarthy, St. Vincent’s Health Services CEO Susan L. Davis, EdD, RN, Vice President, St. Vincent’s Foundation Michael Bisciglia, and Ann McManus, vice president/market manager of Cumulus Media Bridgeport (WICC/WEBE), who conceptualized and followed through on the idea of the naming.
“We are thrilled that our community leaders are recognizing Ron Bianchi for his unmatched dedication and commitment to residents of this area,” said St. Vincent’s Health Services CEO Susan L. Davis, EdD, RN. “So much of what you see throughout St. Vincent’s health system is here because of Ron’s vision, creativity, credibility and ability to connect with others and help them see the value of investing in the hospital. He is an icon at St. Vincent’s.”
Appropriately, the voice of Frank Sinatra welcomed friends, family, coworkers and city officials as they who gathered on a beautiful Monday afternoon to see the section dedicated. The section of the park named in Bianchi’s honor is located in front of the flagpole at St. Mary’s Point.
Event organizers report that United States Senator Richard Blumenthal and Governor Dannel Malloy. Blumenthal has been a supporter of St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound since its early days.