John and Sharon Fulone have lived in the same Mashpee home for 32 years.
They had recently married, and his parents had just bought a home in West Falmouth. The couple decided on Mashpee, on a home on a quiet neighborhood off of Great Neck Road North.
Mr. Fulone, director of strategic support at Cape Cod 5, said that it was the “best place to raise a family” because all the neighbors knew each other and were also raising kids.
Outside the neighborhood, Mashpee as a whole is similar. Mr. Fulone said that everywhere in town, he knows people by their first names: at the transfer station, at Cooke’s Seafood, at Town Meeting.
“It’s a safe, friendly and compassionate town,” Mr. Fulone said in an interview last week. “It really is a community.”
Next week, the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce will recognize Mr. Fulone as its Citizen of the Year award at its annual dinner and meeting Thursday, May 23rd, at the Club at New Seabury.
Mr. Fulone said that he will be accepting the award on behalf of the community that has given him so much.
The Chamber recognizes someone in the business community whose leadership, performance, and influence have enhanced the growth of business in Mashpee. The individual is also involved in significant volunteerism in the community.
Mr. Fulone has certainly spent his time volunteering.
He has sat on and sits on numerous local non-profit boards and committees, including the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod in Mashpee and the Mashpee TV Board of Directors. He is currently the president of the local television station.
He is also the president of the board of directors at the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce, vice chairman of the board of directors at Calmer Choice, and he sits on the board of directors at the Cape Cod Association. He also serves on the finance council at The Parish of Christ the King and on the Mashpee 150th Anniversary Committee, and is a member of Falcon Friends.
The bank strategic director said that Cape Cod 5 not only gives its employees time to spend on different committees and boards, it encourages it. For much of his career, Mr. Fulone worked off Cape, and the three or so hours in driving each day did not afford him time to volunteer as much. “I’m making up for lost time,” he said.
One of the most important organizations for Mr. Fulone is his role as president of The Goosey Fund. Since it began eight years ago, the fund has awarded over $50,000 to graduating Mashpee High School seniors through The Lauren Mae Fulone Memorial Scholarship.
The fund also runs the “You’ve Been Goosed” movement, that encourages and celebrates anonymous random acts of kindness. The scholarship is named after the family’s late daughter, Lauren Fulone, who was known by most in the community as “Goosey.”
In 2011, the unimaginable happened to the Fulone family. Lauren Fulone, a 2010 graduate of Mashpee High School, died in a car accident on Great Neck Road North.
To help ease some of that pain and hardship on the family, Mr. Fulone said that the Mashpee community was there to support them.
“We experienced the unimaginable,” Mr. Fulone said. “But Mashpee rallied and they took us in. Mashpee has been very good to my family.”