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Local Businesses & Volunteers Honored

Final dollar amount raised through 2013 Campaign announced

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut  hosted its Campaign “Thank You” Celebration event to recognize local businesses and organizations that ran outstanding fundraising campaigns on behalf of United Way. More than 300 community members gathered at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton to celebrate the achievement.

At the event, 2013 Campaign Co-chairs Robert Nardone and Keith Brothers announced that $5,786,952 was raised. This amount marks a slight increase over the dollar amount raised the previous year.

At the event, Rodney Butler, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and member of United Way’s Campaign Cabinet, noted “The work of United Way, its volunteers and partner programs wouldn’t be possible with you…We’re a community of people. And when we work together, we lift each other up, we lift up the entire community and we advance the common good for all.”

United Way’s highest honor, the Chairman’s Award of Excellence, was presented to Zachry Nuclear Engineering, Inc. The company and its employees donated a total of $123,654. The company experienced 88% participation in the campaign among 153 employees at its Stonington facility. Zachry provides a dollar-for-dollar corporate match on employee giving, with 75 cents going to United Way and 25 cents directed to the Zachry Care Team which funds year-round United Way Day of Caring volunteer projects.

Gemma E. Moran, founder of the United Way/Labor Food Center, was presented with the Inspiration Awards for inspiring so many others to do more and to give more. For Moran’s 90th birthday, which occurred a few weeks earlier, the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” and gave her a standing ovation. “I have lived to see a dream come true,” Moran said.

Other awards presented at the event include:

  • Corporate Support of the Year – General Dynamics Electric Boat
  • Community Leader of the Year – Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation/Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • Philanthropic Award – The Corrado Family
  • Breakthrough Award – Dominion Nuclear Engineering
  • Humanitarian Award – Carole Scott
  • Campaign Volunteer of the Year – Chris Voccio, publisher of The Bulletin
  • Campaign Committee of the Year – Pfizer Inc
  • Employee Campaign Performance of the Year - Electric Boat Employee Community Services Association
  • Spirit of the Community Award – Applied Physical Sciences Corp.
  • United Way Partner of the Year – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union
  • Leadership Giving Campaign of the Year – Electric Boat/EB Employees Community Services Association
  • Allocations Volunteer of the Year – Bob Tousignant, The Day
  • Non-profit Partner of the Year – Rivertfront Children’s Center
  • School Partner of the Year – Stonington Public Schools
  • Retail Partner of the Year -- Target
  • City Partner of the Year – City of Groton
  • Media Partner of the Year – The Bulletin
  • New Partner of the Year – Wireless Zone
  • Labor Partnership Award – MDA-UAW Local 571 and the Metal Trades Council of New London County
  • School Campaign Committee of the Year – Groton Public Schools
  • Agency Campaign Committee of the Year – The Arc New London County
  • Corporate Benefactor of the Year – Mohegan Sun
  • Loyal Company of the Year – NLC Insurance Companies
  • Small Business of the Year – Americas Styrenics
  • Innovation Award – Norwich Free Academy
  • New Coordinator of the Year Award – Kate Bradley, Town of Groton
  • Agency Coordinator of the Year Award – Linda Ozga, SCADD
  • Coordinator of the Year – Dale Wolbrink, Foxwoods Resort Casino

After the awards were presented, representatives from United Way partner programs walked amongst the audience to show exactly how contributions to the campaign are making a difference.  Individuals held numbers high above their heads that show exactly how their programs are changing lives in the community.

The presentation was called “United Way By the Numbers,” and as Mr. Butler noted, “It’s not about charity, it’s about change and the real difference that we’re making in people’s lives.”

The following results were shared:

  • With the assistance from Alliance for Living’s Medical Case Managers, 73% of individuals living with HIV in New London County improved their immune system over the past year.
  • 81% of individuals who received Employability Skills Training at OIC completed the program and graduated the program obtaining gainful, competitive employment.
  • 97% clients receiving treatment from Catholic Charities Mental Health Clinic improved or sustained their level of functioning.
  • 100% of children 3-4 years of age enrolled in Child & Family Agency’s Early Childhood Program achieved developmental milestones as outlined in CT framework for preschool curricula goals and benchmarks.
  • 91% asthmatic children and adolescents living in New London County did not have any ER visits or hospitalizations last year.
  • After working with on-site case management, 73% of families who were homeless who resided at Covenant Shelter moved into their own housing.
  • 92% of senior citizens who participated in Senior Activities reported an increase in social connectedness and less depression.
  • 71.6% of patients (2164) receiving VNA’s Home Health Care Services had no emergency hospitalization visits over the year.
  • 85% of youth who attended Catholic Charities’ Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment program abstained from drug and alcohol use while in the program.
  • Of those families who left Thames River Family Program for permanent housing, 90% retained it for at least 2 years (as compared to the national standard which is 65%)
  • 78% of individuals in SCADD’s Detoxification and Evaluation program successfully completed treatment.

In addition, United Way of Southeastern Connecticut President & CEO Virginia Mason announced that the Co-chairs for the 2014 United Way Campaign will be Brian Orenstein, CEO of Charter Oak Federal Credit Union and Wayne Burgess, President of the SE CT Central Labor Council.

The event was sponsored by Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, with additional in-kind support provided by the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa and PSAV Presentation Services so that no donor dollars were used towards the event.