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United Way Celebrates Conclusion of 2017-18 Campaign

Charter Oak Federal Credit Union and its employees receive highest award at event

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut hosted its Campaign Celebration event to recognize local businesses and organizations that ran outstanding fundraising campaigns and volunteer year-round on behalf of United Way. Nearly 400 community leaders and volunteers gathered at Foxwoods’ Fox Tower to celebrate. Click here to view a photo gallery on our website.

The Campaign Celebration was sponsored by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Foxwoods so that no donor dollars were used towards the event. Volunteer Campaign Co-chairs William Louis, President of the MDA-UAW Local 571, and Nadine McBride, Publisher of The Bulletin, announced that $4,515,506 had been donated by the community during the 2017-18 Campaign.

United Way’s highest honor, the Chairman’s Award of Excellence, was presented to Charter Oak Federal Credit Union (pictured right) and its employees. The company is a Gold level United Way Corporate Benefactor, runs an employee giving campaign, makes a corporate gift, and provides grants to the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center, operated by United Way.

Charter Oak’s employees are actively engaged in the community as volunteers. They serve as Site Coordinators and volunteer monthly at United Way’s Mobile Food Pantry distribution point in Salem. They support United Way’s school supply drive and volunteer on numerous United Way committees.

In its 2017-18 United Way Campaign effort, Charter Oak had 75% participation by employees in giving. In all, their campaign raised $88,692 which is a 25% increase over the previous year. Maria Tuneski of Charter Oak also received the award for Campaign Coordinator of the Year.

Other high honors were presented to Electric Boat and the EB Employees’ Community Services Association as Community Leader of the Year, NLC Insurance Companies as Loyal Company of the Year, Mohegan Sun as Corporate Sponsor of the Year & Outstanding Leadership Giving, Norwich Public Utilities as Community Partner of the Year, and Freeport-McMoRan as Heart of the Community.

Complete list of 2017-18 United Way Chairman’s Awards
Chairman’s Award of Excellence - Charter Oak Federal Credit Union & Employees
Community Leader of the Year - General Dynamics - Electric Boat/Electric Boat Employees’ Community Services Association
Agency Campaign Committee of the Year - United Community & Family Services & Employees
Agency Coordinator of the Year - Darlene Hilbert, Safe Futures
Bank of the Year - Chelsea Groton Bank & Employees
Campaign Committee of the Year, Outstanding Innovation, and Breakthrough Award for $100,000 - Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation/Foxwoods Resort Casino & Employees
Campaign Coordinator of the Year - Maria Tuneski, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union
Community Impact Award - Jillian Corbin, St. Vincent dePaul Place
Community Partner of the Year - Norwich Public Utilities & Employees
Corporate Sponsor of the Year & Outstanding Leadership Giving - Mohegan Sun & Employees
Employee Campaign Performance of the Year - Applied Physical Sciences & Employees
Food Center Volunteers of the Year - Charlie Rogers & Jackie Simpson
Gemma E. Moran Live United for Inspiration - Hannah Hallisey
Heart of the Community - Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. & Employees
Labor Partnership Award - Carpenters Local 1302, MDA-UAW Local 571, AFL-CIO, and Metal Trades Council of New London County
Law Firm of the Year - Faulkner & Graves & Employees
Live United Award - Pfizer Inc & Employees
Loyal Company of the Year - NLC Insurance Companies & Employees
Media Partner of the Year - Hall Radio & Employees
New Coodinator of the Year - Lauren Sposato, Dime Bank
Non-Profit Partner of the Year - Catholic Charities & Employees
Outstanding Achievement - Liberty Bank, U4U Food Drive Committee, and City of Groton
Retail Partner of the Year - Macy’s & Employees
School Coordinator of the Year - Cindy Beauregrd, Norwich Public Schools
School Engagement of the Year - Norwich Free Academy & Employees
School Partner of the Year - Montville Public Schools & Employees
Small Business of the Year - Americas Styrenics & Employees
Town Campaign of the Year - Town of Groton & Employees
Volunteer of the Year - Joe Wessell