SOUTHINGTON - Former University of Connecticut baseball coach Andy Baylock joined the United Way of Southington in honoring local charitable organizations Thursday night at The Aqua Turf.
United Way supporters joined representatives from the honored “all-star” organizations in celebrating their shared desire to better the community. They also bid on several live and silent auction items donated by local businesses. Proceeds from the event, United Way’s biggest fundraiser of the year, will help United Way support residents affected by ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) status.
Jack Eisenmann, executive director or United Way, said in the program brochure that 25 percent of town residents meet those conditions, meaning they are challenged to meet the costs of food, clothing, transportation, child care and health care.
Eisenmann welcomed the guests and asked for their support.
“We’re here to support the residents of Southington,” he said. “We started as a community chest 91 years ago. We are the smallest United Way in the state but the money we raise stays in Southington. It supports Southington residents in need of assistance - working people with children, working two or three jobs. We hope you will have a great night.”
Baylock later introduced Rob Flood and Brendan Goodrich, who entertained with a rendition of Abbott and Costello’s famous comedy sketch “Who’s on First?” Following the performance, the United Way’s All-Star Awards were presented to Bread for Life, the Calvanese Charity Foundation and The Rotary Club of Southington.
Flood presented the award for Bread for Life. The nonprofit, chaired by Mike Soltys, serves daily meals for those in need at its kitchen at 31 Vermont Ave. and delivers meals for the homebound.
“Everyone in town knows who Bread for Life is,” he said. “Recently they have seen a change of leadership from Eldon Hafford, who gave so many years and years, to Donna Ayer, who has really stepped up to take them to a whole new level. The Southington community appreciates all that they do.”
The Calvanese Charity Foundation, which supports other local charities and individuals, was presented its award by Art Secondo.
“Outside of these walls and perhaps beyond our border, hundreds of people and dozens of organizations are better off thanks to the Calvanese Charity Foundation,” he said.
Last but not least, Goodrich presented the Rotary Club of Southington with their award. The club provides $50,000 in funding annually to local charities.
“Rotary’s motto of service above self makes it clear that they’re not out for glory or soft benefit but to make the world a better place,” he said.”“
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.