Granite United Way celebrates community leaders

MANCHESTER – Granite United Way hosted its Southern Region Annual Celebration recently. The evening was filled with award presentations for donors, agency and corporate partners and volunteers. The event was sponsored by the Catholic Medical Center, The Provident Bank, NH Healthy Families, and Lincoln Financial Group.

The event opened with Josselyn Ascencio, a fifth grader at Gossler Park School, sharing her experience with the Leader In Me program. Ascencio kept her eyes on her audience the entire time, never referencing her notes at the podium. The audience gave her a standing ovation.

“This evening brings out the best in our community,” said Patrick Tufts, president and CEO of Granite United Way. “Listening to Josselyn speak about a program that is empowering our youth and developing the next generation of leaders drives home the fact that no one organization can meet the needs of our community. We are all working together to create change.”

Another highlight of the evening was when the LIVE UNITED Award was presented to long-time supporters, Mark and Sally Stebbins, owners of PROCON.

“Mark and Sally’s Get on the Bus Challenge has helped engage 50 new companies with Granite United Way over the past two years,” said Sarah McCluskey, senior director of leadership and planned giving. “Their creative challenge matches have leveraged over $300,000 for our community.”

The following individuals and

companies were honored:

• GIVE Award: Eversource Energy.

• ADVOCATE Award: Donna Tighe, Greater Derry Community Health Services, Inc.

• VOLUNTEER Award: Dallas Lagerquist, Primary Bank.

• Employee Campaign Coordinator (ECC) Award: Campaign Team at NH Healthy Families led by Nicole Tower.

• Granite Awards: Catholic

Medical Center, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, Comcast, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Eversource Energy, Hannaford Supermarkets, New Hampshire State Employees’ Charitable Campaign, PROCON, Southern New Hampshire University, United Parcel Service.