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Shepley to receive Visionary Award

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

The Cape and Islands United Way is pleased to announce that Tony Shepley will be receiving the inaugural Visionary Award to be presented at the Best Night of the Year gala on June 28.

This new award will be presented each year at the organization’s signature fundraising event, recognizing an individual who “doesn’t see things as they are, but what they could be,” said Mark Skala, president and CEO of the Cape and Islands United Way.

Tony and Lorraine Shepley at Best Night 2018
The Visionary Award honors a person in our community who doesn’t see things as they are – but how they could be – and sets out with his or her time, treasure or talent to make a difference.

“Anyone who knows Tony knows he is a visionary, not only in business but in philanthropy,” said Skala. “He sees how things could be to improve the lives of people in our communities and he puts his time, talent and treasure toward that end. We can’t think of anyone better to be the recipient of this first award.”

Shepley and his wife, Lorraine, have been major supporters of the Cape and Islands United Way personally as well as through their company, Shepley Wood Products. But their commitment to the community extends far beyond the work and support of the United Way, supporting many causes including Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod, Calmer Choice, and Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod, to name a few.

Shepley said he is honored and humbled to accept this award.

This year’s Best Night will be on Sunday, June 28, at a new location, The Pelham House Resort on the water in Dennisport, starting at 6 p.m. Best Night features food from some of the best restaurants and chefs on Cape Cod, includes live and silent auctions and musical entertainment provided by the Grab Brothers. To learn more about Best Night of the Year, visit

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