What is the Sauna Bucket award and why did Lake Worth’s mayor win it?

Mayor Pam Triolo

LAKE WORTH — And the Sauna Bucket Award goes to….Mayor Pam Triolo and Leisure Services Assistant Director Lauren Bennett.

First off, what’s a Sauna Bucket Award?

It’s handed out by the Finnish-American community in the Lake Worth area to those people who made a contribution to preserving the city’s Finnish heritage.

Former recipients include former Mayor Rodney Romano and Tom Ramicio.

The award hasn’t been handed out in 15 years, according to Tom Kuutti, president of the Midnight Sun Festival, an event that celebrates Finnish culture.

Kuutti noted how Triolo was instrumental in bringing back the festival to Bryant Park this year. For the past six years, it’s been held at the American Finnish Club.

“Bringing the Finish Festival back to Bryant Park was really important to me,” Triolo said at Tuesday city commission meeting.

Bennett, Kuutti added, made a crucial contribution by coordinating the event.

The Sauna Bucket Award

“She was Johnny on the Spot with everything,” Kuutti said.

With 1,026 people claiming Finn descent in 2000, Lake Worth has the second largest Finnish diaspora as a percentage of the total population in the world, the city said.

Triolo and Bennett will receive the award Saturday, 7 p.m. at the American Finnish Club Midsummer Bonfire, 908 Lehto Lane in Lake Worth.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $5.