United Way of Southington has announced the Southington Heroes awards recipients. Dave Salvatore, Melissa Sheffy, and Kate Sirignano were nomintated by the public and will be presented with awards during the annual dinner at the Aqua Turf on March 17.
Dave Salvatore, a co-owner of D&D Carbide in Berlin and a lifelong Southington resident, is well known for his generosity of food, money, and time to Southington Community Services. For the past eight years, Salvatore has stockpiled food during his regular shopping and delivers it each quarter to the local food pantry. Last year, Salvatore he donated 5,919 pounds of food.
He also volunteers one day a week at the pantry, preparing food deliveries for shut-in clients. He has done free home repairs for one client, and he has purchased fans for the office and clients to be used during the summer months. Recently, he purchased more than 50 bibles and delivered them to a Connecticut radio state for their listeners.
Salvatore also volunteers at Southington Care Center where he visits residents, drives them to and from appointments, and has been known to bring flowers.
“He is regarded as the biggest resident cheerleader while he waits for them to complete physical therapy,” said a United Way spokesman.
Melissa Sheffy is no stranger to the public, serving for 12 years on the Southington Community YMCA board of directors, holding positions as secretary, vice president and president. Besides serving on two different YMCA Capital Campaign steering committees, Sheffy oversaw $8 million in YMCA projects. She also has volunteered for the past 13 years on the property committee, serving as chairperson for four years.
Sheffy was a member of Southington’s Middle School Building Committee and was a volunteer for Manes in Motion, a group affiliated with the Hospital for Special Care.
She has been credited with placing dozens of high school students in the construction trades as part of the Southington High School Technology Advisory Board. She has been an outspoken advocate and mentor for women in the construction trade, and she has been recognized for her leadership and success in local business.
Sheffy has also been recognized for her support of the Southington Education Foundation, Calvanese Foundation, and the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut at St. Francis Hospital. She is the owner of Network Interiors in Plainville.
Sirignano, the owner of Image Marketing Consultants in Plantsville, is an award-winning business owner and philanthropist. She is a Southington native and was recently named one of Connecticut’s 40-and under winners in Hartford Business Journal in 2011 and the recent issue of Connecticut Magazine. She has managed marketing teams for companies including Marriott, General Motors, CoCo Key Water Resorts, IHG and has helped lead over 100 marketing clients since she founded her company in 2007.
After her son was born 15 weeks premature, Sirignano became a major fundraiser for the March of Dimes. Last year, alone, her fundraising efforts resulted in more than $120,000 for the organization. She is also a former president of the Rotary Club and is the current president of the Junior Women’s Club. She is also an officer in the local chamber of commerce.
Sirignano resides in Southington, along with her husband, Dr. Erick Sirignano, and their son, Anthony.
The United Way’s annual dinner will feature a spring break theme and will include dinner, live and silent auctions with donated items. Tickets are $75 per person, and the cost includes dinner, beer and wine. The event begins at 6 p.m., and tickets can be purchased by calling United Way at (860) 628-4565.
United Way volunteers provide funding for 16 local agencies that assist local residents and is located at One Factory Square.