United Way of Western Connecticut is pleased to announce the local individuals who will be honored as Hometown Heroes and Emerging Heroes at its 5th Annual Hometown Heroes Benefit Dinner on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury.
Hometown Hero and Emerging Hero Awards will be presented to the following individuals, nonprofit agencies and youth in appreciation and recognition of their service to towns within United Way’s service area including:
- Bethel Walnut Hill Community Church
- Brookfield David Moissonnier
- Danbury David Krafick
- New Fairfield Kathy Hull
- New Milford Angela Chastain
- Newtown Tom D’Agostino
- Ridgefield Carol Maiolo
- Brookfield Victoria McFarlin (Immaculate High School)
- Danbury Jerfrey Martinez (Danbury High School)
- New Milford Ryan Fanella (Immaculate High School)
- Ridgefield Emma Kiernan (Ridgefield High School)
In addition, special awards will be presented:
- Corporate Philanthropy Award to UPS for exemplifying corporate social responsibility and demonstrating a tireless commitment to giving back to the community
- Collaborative Award to Mike Greene in recognition of the Danbury resident's leadership, commitment and generosity to the food rescue efforts of the Danbury Food Collaborative, which has rescued more than $835,000 worth of food for greater Danbury area food pantries.
“This year, we are pleased to honor Hometown and Emerging Heroes who have all made unique and lasting impacts on our communities,” said Kimberly Morgan, CEO of United Way of Western Connecticut. “We welcome the community to join us for a lively evening to celebrate the individuals and groups that make an enormous difference in lives across Western Connecticut.”
Nominees were selected based on several criteria, including achievement, action, commitment, impact and initiative. This year, proceeds from the event will support United Way’s food security initiatives, including its evening Mobile Food Pantry, the Groceries on Wheels (GROW) Truck, weekend food backpacks for hungry children, and a nutrition incentives pilot program.
“Seventeen percent of Connecticut children live in food-insecure households,” Morgan continued. “We know that food is the budget item over which struggling households have the most discretion--generally, families can’t lower their housing or transportation costs, but can choose to skip meals or buy inexpensive, less-nutrient dense foods. United Way’s work to increase food security helps improve the health and financial stability of families, and ensure that vulnerable children go to school nourished for success.”