United Way of Tri-County recently recognized the achievements of those who give, advocate and volunteer at an awards breakfast at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel.
The April 30 breakfast honored individuals and companies that have made an impact in their local communities, specifically the MetroWest/495Corridor.
The Summit Award, the United Way of Tri County's top award was given to TJX Companies & FM Global for their top to bottom support of our United Way.
For the first time in the organization's history, a Volunteer of the Year Award was given. The recipient was Karin Segal, an outstanding nurse and volunteer at The MetroWest Free Medical Clinic. This inspiring individual was selected by a panel of community leaders including: Tim Fahey,Middlesex Savings Bank, Al
Cotton, NYPRO, John Strickland, Bose Corporation, Mark O’Connell, Avidia Bank, Patrick Flavin, The TJX Companies and Frank Saba, Milford Regional Medical Center.
Other awards presented included:
Lifetime Achievement Award to Al Cotton of NYPRO, for his demonstrated dedication throughout his career to improve our communities and inspire
United Way of Tri-County Cornerstone Award to Bose Corp, Intel Massachusetts and UPS. They were honored for exemplifying the spirit of United Way, by providing a foundation of giving and serving as a role model for others and a testament of what can be achieved
Live United Award to Charlie Ryan, Billy Christopherson, Chris Murphy, Teddy Seasholes, Karl Helberg, Ginger Cutting, John Hobbs, Maria Cazares, Rosemary Fitzgerald, June Tuttle, Joe Mullen The award honors individuals, who are dedicated volunteers within our local United Way of Tri-County communities. These individuals volunteer their time with local schools, government entities or non-profit organizations.
Community Partner Award to SMOC. The Community Partner of the Year Award is given to one of our organization's community partners that continually takes a pro-active approach to strengthening their relationship with the United Way. This non-profit has demonstrated effective co-branding strategies, media and marketing, and has regularly participated in speaking engagements and volunteer efforts.
United Way of Tri-County President’s Award to Framingham Deputy Police Chief Ken Ferguson.The award was given to a board member for outstanding service and dedication to the community through United Way.
Good Neighbor Award to Framingham Patch, Aldo Cipriano and Allegra Printing. The award is given to an individual or organization that make an extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life in our community.
Campaign Coordinator Award to Elena Roman/Avecia Biotechnology, Fred Hirbour/Acadia Insurance, Sherrie Maker/St.Mary’s Credit Union, C3Committee/Instron,Betsy Pielocik/Bose, Linda Marchione/FM Global, Adam Quigley/Dunn & Co., Rachel Hubbard/American Girl, Bob Gelb, Lori Baldwin/ Nordstrom
Most Improved Business Campaign Award to Mortgage Masters, Avecia Biotechnology, Acadia Insurance, Dunn&Co., Instron, St.Mary’s Credit Union, Dow Chemical, National Grid, Rockwell Automation
Financial Division Award to Avidia Bank, Clinton Savings Bank, Firmingham Co-Operative Bank, Marlborough Savings Bank, Middlesex Savings Bank, Mildford Savings & Loan, Norwood Bank, St.Mary’s Credit Union, Rockland Trust, TD Bank
Community Impact Award to the Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest
and the Boy Scouts-Knox Trail Council. The award is given to a United Way partner that have changed the lives of people they serve.
As an example of how everyone acts as a cog in the wheel of success, author and inspirational speaker, Steve Pemberton, shared his story of how the kindness of his neighbors brought him the hope and opportunity to turn his life around and become a successful working man and loving father. A ward of the
state for much of his childhood, during which time he was subjected to extreme adversity, Steve overcame the challenges of his upbringing to garner a full scholarship at Boston College. He now serves as the Divisional
VP and Chief Diversity Officer of Walgreens.