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WFSB meteorologist among those honored by CRIS Radio for helping the blind

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Scot dancing the Hustle with Lacey Escobales. Scot dancing the Hustle with Lacey Escobales.
Scot Haney with Jill Konopka. Scot Haney with Jill Konopka.
Celebrity Contest for Dancing with the Stars Contest - Mark Zinni with Sally Natsatka. Celebrity Contest for Dancing with the Stars Contest - Mark Zinni with Sally Natsatka.
Scot doing the hustle with pro Sally Nasatka. Scot doing the hustle with pro Sally Nasatka.
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A WFSB meteorologist was among those honored during a benefit for Connecticut Radio Information System, Inc.

Scot Haney and Frank Rende, Jr., director of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in New Britain, were named the 2015 CRIS Radio champions at the Annual Dining & Dancing in the Dark event.

The two were recognized for their dedication to CRIS, which is a nonprofit and radio-reading service for people who are blind or print challenged in Connecticut.

Haney and Rende were presented with the award at the organization’s annual gala back on April 18 at the Bond Ballroom in Hartford.

The sold-out fundraiser netted $21,000.

Haney is no stranger to the event. He said he’s emceed it for the past five years.

Rende has coordinated the complimentary lessons for the local celebrities, including Channel 3’s Evan White, Jill Konopka and Mark Zinni, who participated in the fundraiser’s own Dancing with the Stars event.

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford was also recognized for becoming the first children’s hospital in the nation to stream audio versions of children’s magazines to each patient’s room.

Two educators, Lauren Lieberman from the Kennelly School in Hartford and Sara Gutis from the Adelbrook School in Cromwell, were named CRIS Radio’s 2015 educators of the year for championing assistive technology in the classroom for special education.

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