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United Way Recognizes Local Businesses, Agencies, and Volunteers for Outstanding Community Support

Community Celebration honors partners of the year Blue Cross Blue Shield, P&G Gillette, Girls Inc. of Lynn, and more


United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley honored a select group of local businesses, community agencies, and volunteers for outstanding contributions to our community.  Throughout the year, United Way works with hundreds of corporate partners and community agencies and the annual Community Celebration honors those who have gone above and beyond by supporting United Way’s work through particularly innovative and dedicated efforts.  The event was held at the Emerald Lounge in Boston and emceed by Karen Holmes Ward of WCVB-TV.


The Corporate Partner of the Year award was given to two recipients this year, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and P&G Gillette, both long time partners who increased their giving and involvement in new and innovative ways this year.  In addition to their annual giving campaign and promoting volunteer opportunities, Blue Cross held a 5K road race and generously matched entry fees thus doubling contributions back to United Way.  P&G Gillette employees are actively involved year-round by running donation drives, serving as Youth Venture mentors, and adding a highly successful spin-a-thon to their campaign.


The Innovation Award, which recognizes creativity and forward-thinking in generating support for United Way, was presented to Equity Office Partners for donating a huge downtown office space for the week leading up to the annual Thanksgiving Project.  With this thoughtful and creative donation, United Way was able to move its food packing operations to a more convenient, central location which allowed us to recruit even more volunteers to help pack, ensuring United Way staff and volunteers had everything they needed to turn 150,000 pounds of food into 7,000 Thanksgiving meal packages for needy families.


Other award winners recognized for their outstanding support include: Federal Reserve Bank of  Boston, Boston Consulting Group, Eaton Vance, Girls Incorporated of Lynn, Terry Metzger of Boston Financial, Pamela C. Scott of LVCC, Inc., Susan Esper of Deloitte, and Ginger Bailey Pearson of UMASS-Lowell.


“United Way is fortunate to work with so many generous and talented partners in this community that together make our work possible,” said Michael K. Durkin, President & CEO of United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley.  “This event is a chance to celebrate those who go above and beyond, sharing their time, resources, and generous spirit to make their community a better place for all of us.  I’m so proud to be a part of this community.”


The winners and nominees for this year’s Community Celebration:

Corporate Partner of the Year:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

P&G Gillette

LIVE UNITED Spirit Award:

Federal Reserve Bank

External Campaign Manager(s) of the Year:

The Boston Consulting Group: Sarah Cairns-Smith, Morgan Gregory, Andrea Orfanos and Jon Swan

Eaton Vance: Jeff Beal and Diane Brissette

Community Partner of the Year:

Girls Incorporated of Lynn

Innovation Award:

Equity Office Partners

Committee Volunteer of the Year:

Terry Metzger (Boston Financial Data Services)

Pamela C. Scott, (LVCC, Inc.)

Volunteer of the Year:

Susan Esper (Deloitte)

Ginger Bailey Pearson (UMASS-Lowell)


About United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley

One of the region's largest nonprofits, United Way's work ensures that children enter school ready to learn, youth stay engaged in school so they graduate with options for the future, and parents attain financial stability. No other single organization has the scope, expertise, and influence to bring together hundreds of human services agencies, government, businesses, private foundations and dedicated volunteers around a common vision of creating maximum impact and achieving long-lasting results.


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