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Ann Baglier, TJ McCance receiving Distinguished Service Awards

Ann Baglier. Submitted photo

Two county residents are being recognized for volunteering their time and effort to many community organizations.

Ann Baglier, who has been serving the Butler County Humane Society for 36 years, is receiving the Senior Distinguished Service Award, which is sponsored by the Butler Rotary Club PM and the Butler Eagle.

TJ McCance, an accomplished high school and collegiate wrestler who now serves a variety of organizations, is receiving the Junior Distinguished Service Award.

They will receive their awards at the 72nd Distinguished Service Awards dinner May 15 at the Butler Country Club.

“I truly never expected or anticipated anything like this,” Baglier said. “I’m incredibly humbled by this. Totally unexpected.”

Her desire to help the community grew from helping her late mother raise money for the March of Dimes in her hometown of Slippery Rock.

“I’ve been blessed with a lot of mentors and inspirational people. My mom — I went door-to-door with her for the March of Dimes with those little metal cans. She was very instrumental for me getting more involved in the community.

“Somewhere along the line I realized there’s so many that don’t have a voice,” said Baglier, of Butler Township.

She has served the Butler County Humane Society in leadership roles, including president, vice president and executive board member, and buys 90% of the items for baskets and auctions used to raise money.

She also raises money for Robin’s Home and Meals on Wheels and donated to 70 different charities last year.

Baglier has also been active with the Women’s Leadership Program, Penn Theater, Friends of Preston Park, Golden Tornado Scholarship Foundation and Butler County Community College.

During the 31 years she worked at West Penn Power before retiring, she led the United Way’s fundraising campaigns. Her job as customer service manager at the utility has helped her raise money for organizations.

“No one ever calls the power company and says ‘You’re doing a good job.’ It gives you great people skills,” Baglier said, with a chuckle.

“Her volunteer work is amazing,” said Audary Muscatello Yost, a friend and next-door neighbor who nominated her for the award. “She gives and gives and gives.”

“I just learned this week, she volunteered for Lifesteps’ Star Gala for the inaugural event in 2007 and remained until 2011,” Muscatello Yost said.

McCance, who wrestled at Butler High School and Clarion University, volunteers with the Butler high school and elementary wrestling programs and is a volunteer coach and mentor at the Legacy Wrestling Club in Butler.

“I'm someone who really needed wresting,” McCance said. “I learned hard work was important by accident. By working hard, there was a lot of people that would help me along the way.

“Coaching — it was a natural progression for me. I love the sport. If I can share, it’s a natural place to gravitate toward. Wresting shaped my entire life.”

In college, he was captain of the wrestling team and president of the student senate. After graduation, he served on the alumni association and students’ association boards of directors.

“Beyond wresting, we didn’t grow up with much. As I got older, I developed interest in lot of different things,” McCance said. “In college, I met people from many from different backgrounds and it dawned on me there is more to life than wrestling.”

He went on to serve on the boards of Butler Downtown and the Butler County Chamber of Commerce. He participated in the Chamber’s 2016 Leadership program and then served on the Leadership board.

He serves on the Lighthouse Foundation board, served on the Butler County Housing and Redevelopment Authority board and is a co-founder of the United Way Bridges Association.

McCance served on the Butler Area School District’s school reorganization committee that assisted in developing a school consolidation plan.

He graduated from high school in 2002, Clarion in 2006 and went on to receive his master’s degree from Clarion in 2008. He is a member of the Butler High School Hall of Fame and Butler County Sports Hall of Fame.

He works as a financial adviser and the manager of Baird Private Wealth Management’s Butler branch.

“I'm blessed to have my life and family. I feel all of us have something to offer. We all have the responsibility to help in some way,” McCance said.

He lives in Butler with his wife Halee and 11-year-old son Isaac.

“I want to leave this place a better place for my son,” McCance said.

Tickets to the dinner at the Butler County Club, 310 Country Club Road, cost $50 each. Checks should be made payable to the Butler Rotary Club PM and mailed to P.O Box 1081, Butler, PA, 16003 before May 8. A cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m.

TJ McCance. Submitted photo

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