FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2005 NORTH HAVEN RESIDENT PETER LYNCH, PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK, AND CLINICAL DIRECTOR OF ALSO-CORNERSTONE, INC. NAMED COUNTY CORK MAN OF THE YEAR, 2005 Professor Lynch will be honored at Irish American Community Center, Venice Place, East Haven, on Saturday, September 17, 2005 from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. For more information, please call: For more information please call John O’Donovan, (203) 281-3563, Finbarr Moynihan, (203) 272-0118, or Claire Bien, ALSO-Cornerstone, Inc. (203) 776-9900, ext. 1003 New Haven/East Haven, CT. North Branford Resident Peter Lynch, notable Irishman, gifted amateur thespian, Professor at the Smith College and University of Connecticut Schools of Social Work, and Associate Executive Director of ALSO-Cornerstone, Inc., a community-based mental health and addiction services agency, will be honored by the Irish Community on Saturday, September 17, 2005 from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. at the Irish American Community Center, Venice Place, East Haven. In addition to the testimonial honoring Lynch, there will be music provided by outstanding Irish deejays, The Kennedys, dancing, and refreshments. Admission is $10.00. All proceeds from the event will be donated to ALSO-Cornerstone, Inc. Lynch, who hails from County Cork, Ireland, will be honored specifically for his many contributions to the Irish community in New Haven, including acting in many of the productions of the Irish Community Center. Says Kathleen O’Donovan, a friend and leader in the Irish community, “Peter . . . how can you know him and not love him? But we also admire, trust, and respect him. He will never say “No” when asked for help . . . no matter how inconvenient it may be. He is always so generous with his time and wise counsel . . . and has such a compassionate heart. . . . And to cap it all off, as they say in Cork: He has a great sense of humor and a gift of gab that one can only get from the Blarney Stone!” Lynch is also widely admired for his gifts as a social worker. He is a recipient of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Connecticut Social Worker of the Year award (1999) and was Vice President of the NASW Connecticut Chapter from 2003 - 2005. He has been Clinical Director at ALSO-Cornerstone, Inc. since 1997 and in 2004 was promoted to Associate Executive Director. He has been a Director of the Center for Grief Recovery since 1989, and has served on the faculty of the School of Social Work at the University of Connecticut since 1982 and has been a member of the summer faculty of the Smith College School of Social Work since 1989. He served on the Smith Faculty of Continuing Education from 1995 – 2001. The Irish American Community Center has its Clubrooms at 9 Venice Place in East Haven. It was founded in 1982 for the promotion and preservation of Irish Culture in South Central Connecticut. Towards that end it has developed a diverse program of activities on its cultural schedule. On an ongoing basis the club offers classes free of charge, in the following Irish cultural traditions: Drama, Irish Language, Bagpipe Band, Ceili and Set Dancing, Folk Singing, Traditional Irish Music, Genealogy. Periodic classes are offered in Woodcarving, Calligraphy, Knitting, Crocheting, Lace Making and Bread Baking. Other activities include a Retirees groupl, the Connecticut Irish Festival, and many charitable benefits are held at the Club each year. ALSO-Cornerstone’s mission focuses on helping individuals and families affected by mental illness and/or addictions obtain stability, recovery and independence and lead productive lives in the community. Its goals are directed at full integration of our clients into the life of the community and our dedicated staff works to prevent the need for hospitalization and loss of independence during acute episodes of illness. For more information about the Testimonial please call John O’Donovan, (203) 281-3563 or Finbarr Moynihan, (203) 272-0118.