United Way of Southington's 'superheroes' event will feature 'Extreme Bucket List' guest speaker

Published on Wednesday, 8 September 2021 13:42


SOUTHINGTON – Steven Conklin, of adventure travel company “Extreme Bucket List,” will be a guest speaker at United Way of Southington's 2022 Annual Campaign Kickoff Dinner, "Southington Superheroes," this Friday at The Aqua Turf Club.

The event will be held starting at 6 p.m. at the banquet facility at 556 Mulberry St. "Southington Superheroes" will honor the donors, volunteers, supporters and community nonprofits of the local United Way.

“Our superheroes are the people who support us," United Way of Southington Executive Director Jack Eisenmann said. "This event is a celebration of their generosity and the impact they've had on addressing the challenges some people in our community face. It’s going to be a great event. We’re very excited and expect a large turnout.”

Conklin will serve as an audience guide for people to “find their Mount Everest.” Conklin, who is an Olympic coach, shark diver, bobsledder, pilot and adventurer, will speak about and share his personal experiences with success, failure and how to fulfill dreams.

United Way’s Annual Campaign is a vital part of the organization’s work. Last year they funded nine nonprofits focusing on health, education and basic needs of Southington residents.

Agencies supported by the local United Way include Bread for Life, Southington Community Services, the Southington YMCA, the YWCA Sexual Abuse Hotline, The Prudence Crandall Center, the Margaret Griffin Center for Child Development, Senior Transportation and the Child Guidance Center and Literacy Volunteers.

“It’s wonderful how the community supports the United Way mission of building stronger lives for everyone in Southington,” said United Way of Southington Board Chair Cheryl Lounsbury. “We are fortunate to live in a community where people understand the value of investing in healthier lives and basic needs of their neighbors. When people give through the United Way, they can help solve problems that we can’t solve alone.”

Eisenmann said Southington’s United Way, founded in 1926, is a single town agency that supports only those people who live in Southington that are in need. He thanked the businesses and citizens whose donations allow the local United Way to continue to meet that need.

“We can’t do it without our superheroes,” he said.

Tickets to Southington Superheroes can be purchased by visiting unitedwayorsouthington.org or by calling 860-628-4565.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 8 September 2021 13:42. Updated: Wednesday, 8 September 2021 13:44.