Peterson to receive United Way’s caring award

Pat Peterson

NAUGATUCK — The United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls will recognize Pat Peterson with its Mary H. Connolly Community Caring Award at its 55th annual meeting and awards dinner.

The award is presented annually to recognize an individual or individuals who have demonstrated outstanding support to the United Way and the community.

Peterson, a lifelong Naugatuck resident who is self-employed, volunteers with a number of community organizations.

Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors and Allocations Committee for the United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls. For the past four years, she has also served as a tri-chair of the United Way’s annual Festival of Trees. She served as campaign chair in 2015.

She is also member of the Jane Doe No More Events Committee and continues to volunteer in various roles for Naugatuck High School’s Grad Nite, after co-founding it in 2001.

In the past, Peterson volunteered to spearhead the St. Francis Confirmation Community Service Town Wide Food Drives. She was a team member for ten years with the Greater Waterbury Relay for Life, and in the latter years taking on the role as activity chair. She volunteered for Junior Achievement for many years by teaching one of their programs to elementary school children. Peterson is also a past recipient of the Raymond K. Foley Award.

At the annual meeting, the United Way will also present its Silver Bowl Award to Ion Bank, which had an increase in employee giving, corporate giving as well as an increase in participation. Howard Rosenblatt and police Officer Caroline O’Bar will be given the United Way’s Van Allen Medal.

The United Way’s annual meeting and awards dinner is March 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Crystal Room, 98 School St. Tickets are $50. For more information, call the United Way office at 729-1564.