Local youths, LEO Clubs help raise more than $2,400 for United Way

Published on Wednesday, 16 March 2022 10:21
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

Local youths Nico Florenciani and Luke Koser, in coordination with LEO Clubs in the district, has helped to raise more than $2,400 for United Way of West Central Connecticut.

Florenciani, who is 11, and Koser, who is 10, collected a total of $2,414.31 for United Way of West Central Connecticut. They did so by leading a “Penny Wars” initiative where each home room or “family group” had a change jar that they sought to fill.

The youths had hoped to collect $1,111.11 for United Way of West Central Connecticut’s 100th anniversary. But, the end results saw them more than double their goal.

“It’s amazing,” said Donna Osuch, president and CPO of United Way of West Central Connecticut. “I feel so inspired by these children. They have done so much for us.”

Florenciani and Koser previously raised nearly $4,000 last summer for United Way of West Central Connecticut as “Luke’s Cukes” and “Nico’s Nuggets,” selling vegetables at community events such as the Concerts on the Green and Bristol Blues games. This January, the youths were presented the December PVAC Proud community award by the Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps for their outstanding efforts.

“It feels nice,” said Florenciani. “We’re hoping to do more fundraisers this summer.”

Koser said that he likes to support United Way of West Central Connecticut because of how many people they help.

“They don’t just serve one town,” he said. “They also help other communities and give to other nonprofits.”

Rebecca Dorsey, a senior and president of the LEO Club at Terryville High School, said that it was “amazing” to help out with the fundraiser.

“United Way does essential work in the community,” she said.

Dorsey said that there were more than a hundred jars of change which LEOs helped to sort through.

Nicole McWilliams, Career Pathways Adviser at Terryville High School, said that there are 89 students in the LEO Club at Terryville High School. There are also LEOs volunteering at the middle school level.

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



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Plymouth, Terryville on Wednesday, 16 March 2022 10:21. Updated: Wednesday, 16 March 2022 10:23.