Gary Saccocia, of East Bridgewater, Mass., was left speechless when he was presented with The Big E Host of the Day award on Wednesday, Sept. 20 by Eastern States Exposition President Eugene J. Cassidy.
The presentation took place in the Horse Show Office where Saccocia, a four-year employee, oversees the Horse Show reserved parking and transports show exhibitors to the barns.
Nothing has been able to keep Saccocia away from the grounds. In the spring of 2011, he suffered two strokes, one on his transport vehicle and the other in the Coliseum. After both strokes, the doctors told Saccocia he would never walk or speak again.
“I’m so lucky to be alive,” Saccocia said.
Still, not even these serious health issues would keep him away from the ESE Horse Show. Gary is one of the first equine dentists in the country and still practices intermittently at 77 years of age, now that his son, Gary Saccocia Jr., has taken over the business. A family of horse lovers, Saccocia’s granddaughter, Kasey Saccocia, is a World Champion Morgan equestrian.
“What he does out there nobody else can do. He’s my right arm!” Horse Show Coordinator, Stacey Hathaway, said.
“He’s a great guy and he’ll help anybody out at anytime. Even on the day I nominated him for the award he was giving an elderly couple a ride back to their car across the grounds,” Contractor Coordinator Bob Kelley, said.
“I get so many reports about how amazing and accommodating Gary is. It gives me peace to know that he is here at Eastern States,” CEO and President Eugene Cassidy said.