Niagara Gazette

April 7, 2013

United Way set to hand out honors

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Six individuals from across Niagara County will be recognized for their work and dedication to the community on Friday when the United Way of Greater Niagara hosts its annual meeting in Niagara Falls.

Those who will receive accolades include Christ Sposito, with the Humanitarian Award while Therese Quarantillo will receive the Think Positive…Think United Way Award.

Two members of New York State United Teachers — Thomas Fisher from the Niagara Falls School District and Cheryl Larkin from the Lockport City School District will receive the Outstanding Employee Coordinator Award.

Earl A. Frampton of CWA will be honored with the Labor Community Service Award.

Peter Robinson, who works for the New York State Courts, will receive the Shining Star Award.

The following organizations will also receive recognition: Wegman’s, Top Campaign Performance Award; FMC Corporation, Caring Cup Award; American Red Cross Serving Erie & Niagara Counties, Service Cup Award; Delphi, Most Leadership Givers Award; Durez/USW and Norampac, Horizon Award; and United Steel Workers, City of Niagara Falls, President’s Award.

“We are fortunate to live in an area where, time and again, community and business leaders step forward to pick up the mantle to help United Way help others,” said Carol Houwaart-Diez, President, United Way of Greater Niagara. “Through their leadership, United Way and our member agencies are able to keep pace with the continuously changing needs of our community and the growing numbers of people who need our help.”

The United Way will also distribute its annual report and elect board members and officers at the meeting.

During its 2012 Community Care Campaign, United Way of Greater Niagara raised more than $1.3 million to support 20 United Way-funded agencies and more than 75 programs offered across Niagara County. It marked the third consecutive year that United Way of Greater Niagara had met its campaign goal.

The recognition will take place at Antonio’s Banquet & Conference Center, 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd.