After 28 years of unflagging efforts to improve the public spaces in Greenwich as the executive director of Greenwich Green & Clean, Mary Hull finally got what she deserved -- a good old-fashioned roasting. Some 150 or so family members and friends and those she has worked with in the volunteer community, used the occasion of the recent SoundWaters benefit at Richard's of Greenwich to rib Hull about everything from her Energizer bunny energy to her lack of tact.
"With mom, there is no subtext or minor message and no time to sugarcoat," said her daughter and roaster Lisa Weicker. "Mom tells it like it is. "Lisa, that dress, I'm sorry to say makes your butt look big."
Also among the roasters was comedian Jane Condon. "Talking about Mary is like talking about a spring breeze," Condon said. "A spring breeze that NEVER EVER stops."
The evening also included a presentation. Hull received the "Mary Hull Garbage Bag Glamour Collection" of dresses made from black plastic garbage bags, an important item often used by Hull's Green & Clean teams.
Along with the roasting, though, came many words of appreciation.
"Mary Hull has made keeping the `green' in Greenwich her life's work," said First Selectman Peter Tesei, as a salute to Hull.
Scott Mitchell, vice president of Richard's complimented Hull for her good humor and also noted the collaborative effort of of SoundWaters and Greenwich Green & Clean to bring people together for such an important evening.
The roast raised more than $15,000 for a new Mary Hull Education Fund at SoundWaters, according to Leigh Shemitz, executive director of SoundWaters. "The gifts made in honor of Mary will create opportunities for Greenwich students to study and explore the Long Island Sound environment," said Shemitz. "They will conduct hands-on experiments and learn what they can do to ensure a greener and cleaner future for us all."
Shemitz underscored the partnership efforts of her organization and Greenwich Green & Clean. "They share a common mission for improving the environment and building strong communities," she said.
"We are so pleased," she added, "that we were able to recognize and honor Mary's passion and commitment to the environment, education and the Greenwich community."