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United Way of Greater Niagara Honors Community Leaders
United Way of Greater Niagara Honors Community Leaders

Jerald Wolfgang elected chairman of board at Annual Meeting

With approximately 300 community supporters joining them, leaders from United Way of Greater Niagara celebrated its second successful year as a consolidated organization and geared up for what it hopes will be an exciting 2012.

At the organization’s Annual Meeting, United Way officials took the time to thank and honor a number of individuals and organizations from throughout Niagara County for their selflessness, generosity and commitment to the United Way mission and for helping to make the past year a success.

“Two years ago, we started a journey to unite the people of Niagara County in a mission of service,” said Carol Houwaart-Diez, President, United Way of Greater Niagara. “Our success over that time has been made possible because of the people in this room today. While we continue to see the landscape of our community change, we are excited to address the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead knowing thousands of dedicated and giving people and organizations stand behind us.”

United Way of Greater Niagara officially honored the following individuals and organizations: Dan Wilson, Humanitarian Award; Diane Quarantello, Think Positive…Think United Way Award; Jessie Jesson, UAW 686, GM Component Holdings and JonJay Stockslader, Niagara University, Outstanding Employee Coordinator Award; and Anna Horton, CSEA Local 832, Labor Community Service Award.

Also: Wegmans, Caring Cup Award; Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club, Service Cup Award; Unifrax, Most Leadership Givers Award; Diversified Manufacturing and Washington Mills, USW 1-2058, Horizon Award; Molinaro’s Ristorante and Lewiston Village Pub, Shining Star Award, and Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, President’s Award.

As part of the meeting, United Way of Greater Niagara also gave its annual report to the community. During its 2011 Community Care Campaign, the organization raised more than $1.3 million to support 20 United Way-funded agencies and more than 75 programs offered across Niagara County.

To help steer United Way of Greater Niagara through 2012, the organization also elected its board officers and appointed new members to its board of directors today.

Serving as officers for 2012 are: Jerald Wolfgang, WNY Regional Education Center for Economic Development, chair; Michelle Bradley, Lockport City School District, vice chair; Kathy Muir, Briody Healthcare, treasurer; and Jeff Eddy, National Grid, secretary.

Elected to serve three-year terms on the board of directors were: Wolfgang; Bradley; Daria Sterner, Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara; Marilyn Lojek, Niagara Falls School District retiree; Beverly Maziarz, New York State Supreme Court; and Patricia George, attorney.

Also: Renita DiStefano, Seneca Gaming Corporation; Joanne Shippley, Merrill Lynch; Andy Touma, North Tonawanda City School District; and Thomas Vogt, Treibacher, United Steel Workers.

A volunteer-driven agency, the United Way of Greater Niagara provides and supports numerous programs throughout Niagara County that focus on making the community healthier and stronger. For more information, contact the United Way of Greater Niagara at (716) 285-8461 or at (716) 434-1190, or visit www.uwgn.org.

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