Tony Beregszazi, deputy director of Advocap in Fond du Lac, received the Exceptional Community Action Staff Member award at the 2013 Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) annual meeting held in Madison. Tony has dedicated his professional life to serving low-income families and was recognized for his profound influence on programming and policy.
Beregszazi started at Advocap in 1974 and has served in various direct services and management positions. In 1999, Tony was promoted to his current role of deputy director. Michael Bonertz, executive director of Advocap in Fond du Lac commented, "Tony has a heart for people, especially low-income people. He works tirelessly to ensure that Advocap has the resources to offer opportunities for individuals and families to break the cycle of poverty and achieve economic self-sufficiency."
As deputy director, Beregszazi provides leadership and assistance to program directors and oversees the grant planning processes. Beregszazi is also involved with several organizations that address poverty in local communities including: Oshkosh Area Self-Sufficiency Project team; Fox Valley Workforce Development Board; Fond du Lac County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners; Winnebago County Specialized Transportation Steering Committee; Green Lake County Family Resource Council; and Oshkosh Emergency Services Planning Committee.
When receiving the award, Tony commented, "I am honored to work at Advocap, an organization that impacts the lives of thousands of low-income people each year. I've had excellent mentors throughout my career and am privileged to work with a group of people dedicated to helping families out of poverty."
The Exceptional Community Action Staff Member award was established as a tribute to Richard Strand, former executive director of Southwest Community Action Agency and long-time member of the WISCAP Board, in recognition of a Community Action employee who has demonstrated a "can-do" attitude and hard-work, embodying the spirit of Community Action.
Founded in 1966, Advocap's mission is to create opportunities for people and communities to reduce poverty and increase self-sufficiency. Advocap is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization serving Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Winnebago counties.
For more information about Advocap's programs or donating to its mission, visit www.Advocap.org or call 922-7760.