STRATFORD–The Stratford Old Timers Athletic Association will honor a group of seven at its 54th Annual Golden Crown Awards Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., at the Oronoque Country Club.
One of those receiving accolades will be Raymond Bastarache, who will receive the 2019 Alvin “Bud” Russell Award.
Bastarache grew up in the South End of Stratford, attending Birdseye School and Johnson Junior High, while playing youth baseball and football in town and achieving Eagle Scout at the age of 14.
A 1979 graduate of Stratford High, Bastarache played three years of baseball and soccer under Coach Bud Russell.
In soccer, he was the third-leading scorer in the MBIAC his junior year and part of the team that won the MBIAC title with a league record of 11-3.
As a senior, he was the tri-captain of a 13-6 team which made it to the state semis. He was the MBIAC MVP and leading scorer with 51 points.
In baseball, Ray started as a third baseman in his junior and senior years.
In his senior year, the team was 14-6 as he led the team in RBI, assists and a .359 batting average.
He was selected All-MBIAC and played in the annual State All-Star game.
He served as class president for three years, graduating in the top 10 percent of his class and received the Babe Ruth Award for his contribution to the spirit of sportsmanship.
He continued making his mark at Sacred Heart University, where he played three years of soccer.
He was class president his freshman and sophomore years and student government president as a junior and senior.
Ray launched his own business (Barter Network, Inc.) in 1985 and it quickly expanded to six offices throughout the country with 77 employees. It was recognized as one of the most successful commercial trading networks.
Among his numerous awards was being recognized in 1991 as one of the Top 100 Young Entrepreneurs in the United States.
In 1999, Ray sold his company and retired from business in 2002 after 18 years in the industry.
He has supported many local charities including the United Way, Boy Scouts of America, and the PAL.
He resides in Lordship with Barrie Carrano and her two boys, Ian and Ryan.
His brothers Clarence and Mark also played soccer and baseball at SHS.
Tickets ($40 each), table reservations of 10 and ads for the program book can be reserved by contacting SOAA president and dinner co-chairman Bob Mastroni, 1432 Main St., Stratford, CT 06615; or by e-mail at email@example.com or via phone at 203-362-5675.
The doors will open at 6 p.m.
All tickets must be paid for in advance and no tickets will be sold at the door.
Also being honored are Patti Fernandez, Ed Rooney and Ed Yearwood, each of whom will receive Golden Crown Athletic Achievement Awards.
Special recognition will also be accorded to Tish Morrissey (Micki Stratton Award), Mike LaPia (Jack Geary Award), and Bill O’Brien (Tim Ramik Award).