United Way of West Central Connecticut is celebrating 100 years

Published on Friday, 13 May 2022 10:09
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

BRISTOL – United Way of West Central Connecticut is celebrating 100 years of supporting area nonprofits this year, starting with a “Community Chest Dinner” on June 3.

“We’re excited to celebrate 100 years of serving the community,” said Donna Osuch, president and CPO of United Way of West Central Connecticut.

United Way of West Central Connecticut serves the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville and Plymouth.

Osuch said that the 100th anniversary celebrations will kick off with “The Community Chest Dinner” June 3 at Farmington Gardens at 999 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

The event will begin with a cocktail hour from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner from 7 to 10 p.m.

During the dinner, Osuch said, there will be a brief program during which she will discuss the history of United Way of West Central Connecticut and recognize those who have been involved with United Way of West Central Connecticut over the years.

United Way of West Central Connecticut will also participate in a Poker Run with LAMA, the Latin American Motorcycle Association, on June 18. They will meet at The Agape House at 9:30 a.m. and from there will ride to other organizations that United Way of West Central Connecticut supports. Stops will be made at BARC, EdAdvance in Plymouth, Elton Tavern in Burlington and the Plainville Food Pantry before ending at Powerhouse Motorsports in Plainville. There, an award ceremony will be held.

United Way of West Central Connecticut will also hold their 48th Annual Golf Tournament at Chippanee Country Club on Sept. 13.

In addition, United Way of West Central Connecticut will participate in this year’s Mum Festival Sept. 23 through 25.

Later this fall, they will participate in Plainville’s Pumpkin Fest in October and they also plan to bring back their wine tasting Nov. 4 at DoubleTree by Hilton.

“This is the first time we’ve had it in-person in three years,” said Judi Ann Lausier, resource development coordinator with United Way of West Central Connecticut.

Lausier attributes the longevity of United Way of West Central Connecticut to the people who have served as staff and board members over the years.

“Our mission from day one has been helping organizations in need,” she said.

Osuch added that United Way of West Central Connecticut has adapted over the years to respond to the changing needs of the communities they serve.

“In the last couple years, during the pandemic, we realized that there was a lot of food insecurity and worked to help bring more food to people,” she said.

When the organization which would come to be known as United Way of West Central Connecticut was first founded 100 years ago, it was created by the local Chamber.

“They brought together the board chairs of several nonprofit agencies, including Bristol Hospital, the Boy Scouts, the Boys Club, the VNA and the American Red Cross, to try to raise money to support their agencies together,” said Osuch. “That first year, they raised $20,800.”

The organization was first known as “The Bristol Community Chest, Incorporated” and later came to be known as “The United Fund” before becoming “United Way.” It has always been located downtown, either on Main Street, North Main Street or Riverside Ave.

Tickets to the Community Chest Dinner are $125.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Judi Ann Lausier at 860-582-9559, EXT. 407 or visit uwwestcentralct.org.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Friday, 13 May 2022 10:09. Updated: Friday, 13 May 2022 10:12.