United Way honors Steven E. Howell as well as key volunteers and organizations at “Celebration of Service Event: A CommUNITY United” Award Dinner on April 19th

Join United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region on Wednesday, April 19th, when it will celebrate the successful conclusion of its 2016 Campaign for the Common Good with the “Celebration of Service: A CommUNITY United” award dinner. United Way will recognize key members of the Hudson Valley community, including volunteers, donors, community partners, and sponsors as well as long-time volunteer and community leader, Steven E. Howell, the recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award. United Way thanks its top sponsors, Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc and Poughkeepsie Journal Media. For tickets, go to www.uwdor.org/CELEBRATION2017. For information on sponsorships or program journal ads, go to www.uwdor.org/celebration-sponsors.

“Steven E. Howell is a dedicated volunteer and a leader in our community,” stated Barry Rothfeld, Chairman of United Way’s Board of Directors. “Steve makes a real difference in people’s lives, both professionally and through his innumerable volunteer activities in our community. He served on United Way’s Board of Directors, as our immediate past chair, but that’s just one reason out of many that we’ve chosen to honor him with the Distinguished Leadership Award.”

Steven E. Howell, CPA, DABFA, the Administrative Partner of RBT CPAs, LLP, is the third person to receive United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s Distinguished Leadership Award. In addition to Mr. Howell, United Way will recognize some of the area's top businesses, including C&S Wholesale Grocers, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp, Enterprise Holdings, IBM Corporation, Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc, United Parcel Service, Orange Bank & Trust Company, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, RBT CPAs LLP, among others; three nonprofit organizations will be spotlighted: Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan, The Newburgh Armory Unity Center, Vassar College Urban Education Initiative; volunteers who have made the 2016 Campaign for the Common Good a success; as well as a special salute to veterans in conjunction with United Way’s implementation of Mission United.

“The Celebration of Service is our way of recognizing and thanking the thousands of area residents who make charitable gifts to the United Way individually and through their workplace campaigns during the Campaign for the Common Good,” said Jeannie Montano, President & CEO of United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. “United Way could not accomplish its mission to build a stronger and healthier community without the support of these many dedicated volunteers, businesses and nonprofits. It is an honor to celebrate those who go above and beyond the call of duty in service to our community.”   

The “Celebration of Service: A CommUNITY United” award dinner will begin at 5:30pm with a cocktail reception, silent auction, and nonprofit showcase, featuring representatives from Orange and Dutchess nonprofit organizations.  A dinner and award ceremony will follow at 7:00pm and will conclude at 9:00pm. The event will be held at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. Tickets are $125/person and may be purchased online at www.uwdor.org/celebration2017. Tables also are available. Please call Jennell Higgs at (845) 471-1900 ext. 3123 for reservation and advertising information. To become an event sponsor, please contact Tina Kitson at (845) 471-1900 ext. 3119.

Distinguished Leadership Award: Steven E. Howell, CPA, DABFA

Steve Howell joined the firm of Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP (now known as RBT CPAs, LLP), in 1982. He soon became a partner of the firm in 1987 and has been the administrative partner since 1996.  Steve is the partner in charge of the Manufacturing, Wholesale and Retail Distribution Industry Practice, where he is a specialist in corporate accounting, corporate tax planning, projection and budget implementation, succession planning and banking and investment relationship building.

Steve graduated from Pace University in 1982 and earned his CPA in 1984. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Accounting and has litigation support experience, having testified on behalf of clients and attorneys.

Steve has shown an untiring dedication to the Hudson Valley community. He is the past Chair and sits on the Board of Directors for United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. Over the years, his team has run very successful pacesetter campaigns, bringing in significant donations for United Way. Steve is the Chairman of the Board for Hometown Bank, the past chairman of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of CPAs and the Newburgh Rotary Club. His other business affiliations include The Council of Industry and The National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Among other community recognitions, Steve was a Marion S. Murphy Award recipient, an Eagle Scout Hall of Fame inductee and a Leadership Orange Hall of Fame inductee.

Steve currently resides in Walden, NY with his wife Susan. Together they have 5 children.

2016 Campaign for the Common Good

Through its annual Campaign for the Common Good, United Way raises funds for the Community Fund that are granted to local nonprofit organizations as they work together to assist people in need. In 2015-16, thanks to the tremendous generosity of residents of Dutchess and Orange counties, United Way touched the lives of almost 125,000 of our friends and neighbors -- the equivalent of 1 in 6 residents of Dutchess and Orange ― through funds granted to its nonprofit partner organizations.   

Each year the United Way celebrates the individuals and organizations key to the success of the Campaign for the Common Good. In addition, key community leaders that include United Way Loaned Executives, Employee Campaign Managers, and individual donors will be recognized for their support of the 2016 campaign.

Event Honorary Committee

Daniel Z. Aronzon, MD FAAP
Retired, Vassar Brothers Medical Center at HealthQuest

Sheila U. Appel
IBM Corporation

Kathleen Bauer
Orange Bank & Trust Company

Erin Blabac
RBT CPAs, LLP

Ava Bynum
Hudson Valley Seed

Frank M. Castella, Jr.
Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Jim Coughlan
Dutchess County Government / Weekend for Warriors

Marc Coviello
Hudson Valley Hero Project

Christian Farrell
Orange County Veterans Service Agency

March S. Gallagher, Esq.
Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley

Michael H. Graham
Retired, M&T Bank

Maureen Kangas
Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel        

Maureen Halahan
Orange County Partnership

Linda M. Harrison
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

Steven E. Howell, CPA, DABFA
RBT CPAs, LLP

Mayor Judy Kennedy
City of Newburgh

Steven V. Lant
Retired, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

William J. Larkin, Jr.     
State Senate 39th District

Gaye Mallet
Adams Fairacre Farms

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney
Member of Congress

Richard Mayfield
Orange County Government

Regina C. McGrade
Cornerstone Family Healthcare

Karen Mejia
City of Newburgh Council Member

Hon. Marcus & Corinne Molinaro
Dutchess County Executive

Jeannie Montano
United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region

Hon. Steven M. Neuhaus
Orange County Executive

Diane M. Passaro
Orange Bank & Trust Company

Robert J. Ranieri, Jr.
Rose & Kiernan, Inc.   

Nelson Eddy Rivera
Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services   

Barry Rothfeld
Focus Media

Scott R. Sweeney, CLCS
Marshall & Sterling, Insurance

Denise Doring VanBuren
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

Thomas D. Weddell, CPA
RBT CPAs, LLP

Richard K. Whalen, DDS
Dental Design Studio

David Yellen
Marist College