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United Way of Greater Waterbury campaign yields $3.67 million in pledges

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Reprinted with permission from Platinum Corporate Media Sponsors Republican-American

United Way of Greater Waterbury campaign yields $3.67 million in pledges


WATERTOWN - A celebratory spirit and sense of chummy community resounded as the United Way of Greater Waterbury announced the results Thursday of its annual campaign: $3.67 million pledged.

Campaign Chairman George Strobel Jr. revealed the final number during the nonprofit's 30th annual awards dinner at Grand Oak Villa in Oakville. It was a friendly affair, with yellow and purple pansies dotting the tables and a final live performance of the song written for the "It's a Hand Up" campaign theme. Attendees in the packed hall hummed and sang along with performers Gerald Mullings, Myles LaBarre, Nera Cambrelen and Alizae Powell, former and current Waterbury Arts Magnet School students. Their song, inspired and created as volunteers, became the marketing centerpiece of the annual fundraising effort.

The numbers fell just short of last year's campaign, which netted $3.75 million. However, because last year's tally included donations designated to go outside the agency's partners - an option for United Way donors - the funding provided locally this year should be about the same as last year, said Brian Amero, director of resource development.

The United Way helps fund 48 programs at 26 agencies, as well as 15 separate community initiatives.

The service area includes Bethlehem, Cheshire, Middlebury, Prospect, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott and Woodbury.

Those honored included M. Catherine Smith, the Frederic and Lucy Kellogg Award, given each year to someone the United Way considers to have sense of community responsibility and social awareness; Stephanie E. Cummings, Volunteer of the Year award, for her efforts to collect used books to donate to city children; Kathleen LeBlanc, the Organized Labor/United Way Community Service Award, which is given to a union worker who is also a dedicated volunteer for the charity; and both Hubbard Hall, Inc. and Noujaim Tool Co., for Spirit of Excellence awards for successful employee donation campaigns.

"We all win when everyone has a chance to succeed," Joe Gugliotti, United Way board chairman, told the crowd.

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