What a night!

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United Way Campaign Chairs Grant Copeland of WORX and his daughter and youth volunteer Ella Copeland announced $4 million dollars in pledges at the May 3, 2019 Community Leaders Dinner and Awards. This makes the campaign the 2nd highest total in United Way history, second only behind the 75th Anniversary Campaign of 2016-2017.

The announcement came at the end of a full evening and the presentation of several awards including:

The Frederic and Lucy Kellogg Award, which recognizes community responsibility and social awareness, was presented to former United Way board chair and former campaign co-chair Joe Gugliotti. Gugliotti is a managing member of WORX, which has provided marketing and creative support to United Way for well over a decade.
 
The Community Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Jennifer Prescod Rehmat, an executive administrative assistant at Webster Bank who serves as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site coordinator and volunteer financial coach for the United Way.
 
The United Way Organized Labor Community Service Award was presented to Nate Brown, president of the Waterbury Building Trades Council, who is instrumental in the success of the Building Pathways Connecticut Apprenticeship Readiness Program, which helps prepare primarily women and minorities for the building trade and has led several volunteer and fundraising efforts.
 
Two companies were presented with the second annual James C. Smith Spirit of Excellence Award for campaign excellence.
Health Complex Medical, Inc., which increased its contribution more than 51 percent, and Largay Travel, whose workplace giving campaign increased more than 24 percent, received that award.
 
Maddie DiPerna, an 11-year-old from Southbury, received the first UPSTARTERS Excellence Award, named for the United Way's new initiative that encourages volunteerism and philanthropy among young people.
 
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