“Russ Ingram has built a lot of things,” Morse said. “I think one of his biggest prides and Bobbi’s biggest prides is the Salem Boys & Girls Club. This recognition is well deserved — an honor of which you should be rightfully proud.”
Following the 15-minute ceremony, club Chief Professional Officer Michael Centor led a champagne toast in the Ingrams’ honor.
“I just feel truly blessed to have Russ as a member of the club family,” Centor said.
This wasn’t the first time Ingram has been recognized for his contributions to the community. Last year, he received the 23rd annual Chief John P. Ganley Community Service Award.
The award is given each year in memory of the former police chief, who died in 1989.
The event was attended by a contingent of prominent Salem residents and officials, including club board members, state representatives and members of the business community.
Also present were nearly a dozen of the Ingrams’ relatives, including their three children.
Son Dean Ingram said it was a special moment for his family, especially the unveiling of the monument and plaque.
“It’s great to see the image of them together,” he said.
Residents and businesses donated time and material for the memorial garden. The monument was made by Colizzi Memorials of Methuen.