Dennis Carman, President & CEO
United Way of Greater Plymouth County
934 West Chestnut Street
Brockton, MA 02301
508 583-6306 ext. 105
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
United Way Brings Community Together to Celebrate its 95th Annual Meeting
Top: Community Impact Lifetime Achievement Awardees L to R: Jeff Russell, Old Colony YMCA; Beverly Pavasaris, Brockton Visiting Nurse Association; Patricia Daly, South Shore Community Action Council; Rick Stritzinger, Old Colony Boy Scouts; Dennis Carman, United Way
Bottom: United Way Keynote Speaker Kevin Stevens, Retired NHL Star
BRIDGEWATER- On a sunny afternoon in June, over 250 guests met for United Way of Greater Plymouth County’s 95th Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration at Bridgewater State University.
“What a terrific gathering of generous and compassionate people who embody the spirit of this year’s theme, ‘To Live Better We Must LIVE UNITED’!” Dennis Carman, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Plymouth County said. “We are excited to embark on our 95th year of uniting people, ideas and resources to improve the lives of people in Greater Plymouth County.”
The event’s keynote address was given by Kevin Stevens, Retired NHL Hockey Star & Two-Time Stanley Cup Champion. He shared with the audience his powerful journey of addiction to recovery.
United Way’s 95th Annual Meeting was also a celebration of this year’s United Way campaign to raise funds for urgent local needs. HarborOne Bank received the Circle of Caring Chairman’s Award.
Among other Circle of Caring Awardees were Rockland Trust for largest employee campaign, OceanSpray Cranberries for largest corporate gift, UPS and Good Samaritan Medical Center for largest campaign increases, Father Bill’s & MainSpring for most significant nonprofit increase, and Enterprise Holdings for campaign spirit. Jenna MacPhelemy of Good Samaritan Medical Center received an award in recognition of her significant contribution to the United Way campaign and Karen Eckl of Macy’s Kingston Collection received an award in recognition of her significant contribution to the United Way mission. John Lapsley of ITW was presented a United Way Ambassador Award.
Lifetime Community Impact Awards were given in grateful recognition for a lifetime of compassionate and impactful service to the most vulnerable citizens of Greater Plymouth County. These awards were given to Jeff Russell, Old Colony YMCA; Beverly Pavasaris, Brockton Visiting Nurse Association; Patricia Daly, South Shore Community Action Council; and Rick Stritzinger, Old Colony Boy Scouts. United Way’s retiring Director of Resource Development, Rick Noll was presented a United Way Community Impact Award in recognition of a quarter century of dedicated service both to the United Way mission and to the most vulnerable of our neighbors whose lives have been so enriched because of his efforts. The United Way Community Spirit Award was given to long time United Way volunteer Leo MacNeil.
Larry Brown of The Family Center received the Courage Award in recognition of his demonstrated courage in overcoming life’s difficulties by utilizing area services funded by United Way of Greater Plymouth County.
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About United Way of Greater Plymouth County
Established in 1922, United Way of Greater Plymouth County’s mission is “We unite people, ideas and resources to improve the lives of people in Greater Plymouth County.” Our efforts are instrumental in making Greater Plymouth County a safe, healthy and well-educated community in which people's needs are met effectively, respectfully and compassionately by focusing our resources on addressing the vital and interconnected needs of education, health and income. United Way serves the communities of southeastern Massachusetts, including the city of Brockton and the towns of Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Kingston, Lakeville, Marshfield, Middleboro, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rockland, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, and Whitman.