On Thursday, April 5, 350 local business leaders, volunteers and guests will gather together for the United Way of Tri-County’s (UWTC) annual recognition breakfast to honor them for their service and everyday heroism. The event will be held at the Sheraton Framingham at 7:30 a.m. and will be hosted by WBZ News Radio 1030 personality Jordan Rich.
Some of the heroes in attendance will be the leaders of local businesses who have been long-time supporters of the United Way. These committed organizations welcome the opportunity to be involved in the communities where they do business. They run corporate campaigns, offer sponsorship dollars, donate goods and services, and provide opportunities for their employees to volunteer.
A growing number of Individual volunteers and donors who support United Way will also be honored and have become the backbone of the United Way’s direct service programs. These volunteers enable United Way to operate its three food pantries and hot meal programs by filling bags of groceries, serving guests a hot meal, washing dishes or just taking the time to have a brief friendly conversation with clients. These frontline volunteers also help by answering the Call2Talk crisis hotline or by making wellness check calls to at risk seniors. They also provide physical labor by unloading trucks at United Way’s warehouse store, stocking shelves, and helping customers. Additionally, some volunteers patiently sit with young children reading books so they can build early literacy skills so they enter kindergarten ready to learn to read. Lastly, some volunteer at fundraising events including United Ways (3) 5K races, attend golf outings and are members of the United Way’s Women United group, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for women and girls in the MetroWest/495 region.
“This event is all about them, our heroes,” said Paul Mina, United Way of Tri-County President and CEO. “We are truly honored to have the best supporters and volunteers, who stand with us and heroically take the action necessary to lift up our local communities and improve the quality of life for everyone”.
Keynote speaker at the April 5 event is local author Catherine Marenghi. Born in Framingham, Marenghi wrote the memoir Glad Farm, which chronicles her life growing up in Milford, MA. Catherine lived with her loving parents and four siblings together in a one-room home without indoor plumbing, after the small gladiolus farm her parents owned failed. Catherine will share her story of sadness and hope, remembering the heroes in her life who kept her inspired and motivated to continue moving forward reaching for her dreams
In addition to recognizing United Way heroes, a Volunteer of the Year and Youth Volunteer of the Year will be announced at the event. Nominations were accepted from the MetroWest/495 community for an adult and a youth who are truly passionate and committed to working in their local community and making a significant difference in the lives of others.
The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased through the United Way of Tri-County website at www.uwotc.org/recognition.
This event is made possible by the generous support of the following businesses and organizations: United Way of Tri-County’s Annual Platinum Sponsor Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Avida Bank, City of Marlborough, Clinton Savings Bank, Codify Automotive, Framingham State University, Instron, and Keller Williams Realty.
The United Way of Tri-County is a community building organization that brings people together to care for one another. We provide programs and services, connect volunteers, strengthen agencies, teach social responsibility, and meet the critical needs of the community with the help of people like you. Fore more information visit the United Way website at www.uwotc.org