By JOHN GORALSKI
The United Way of Southington is looking for local heroes to honor during their annual meeting. When the group meets at the Aqua Turf on Thursday, March 17, three “Southington Heroes” will be honored for their dedicated volunteering.
The organization is still seeking nominations for local residents that fulfill the group’s motto: “Southington People Helping Southington People,” but time is just about running out.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 19. Last-minute nominations may be sent to United Way at One Factory Square or by emailing Executive Director Jackeisenmann@unitedwayofsouthington.org.
“A Southington Hero is somebody that has put time, effort, energy, and their life into helping other people,” said Jack Eisenmann, Executive Director for the Southington United Way. “This is a fantastic community, and there are all kinds of these people that are giving themselves for others. We’re trying to find those people in order to honor them.”
The awards will serve as the centerpiece for a fun-filled annual meeting. Spring break is the theme, and the Aqua Turf will be transformed into a vacation getaway with palm trees, island music, special drinks, and even a limbo contest.
Tickets are $75 per person ($700 for a table of 10), and the cost includes beer, wine, a special dinner…and a lot of fun. Doors open at 6 p.m. The night will include a silent auction and a live auction filled with donations from local sponsors, along with a review of the organization’s immense growth over the last year.
Eisenmann said that the organization has restructured their campaign over the last year in order to better service the community, and the annual meeting will review the United Way’s partnership with the community through the schools and local organizations.
“It’s going to be a celebration,” said Eisenmann. “We’re going to have a good time. We’re going to celebrate the heroes of Southington, and we’re going to enjoy ourselves while we’re doing it.”
The United Way of Southington is one of only three independent United Ways in Connecticut and traces its heritage back to 1926. The organization provides support to 16 local agencies each year, including Bread for Life, the Southington Community YMCA, the Margaret C. Griffin Child Development Center, and more.
Their efforts are focused on serving residents of Southington, Milldale, Plantsville, and Marion.
“We have about 42,000 people in our town, but we can support an independent United Way. That’s really something,” said Eisenmann. “The money that we raise goes directly to Southington residents…and only Southington residents.”
For information regarding sponsorship and program advertising or to donate an item for the auctions, please contact United Way of Southington at (860) 628-4565 or visit them at www.unitedwayofsouthington.org.