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