United Way honors Steven V. Lant as well as key volunteers and organizations at “Celebration of Service Event” on March 12

Join the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region on Thursday, March 12, when it will celebrate the successful conclusion of its 2014 Campaign for the Common Good with the “Celebration of Service” Awards event. The 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 V. Lant, the recipient of the inaugural Distinguished Leadership Award.

“The Celebration of Service Event 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 Deb Bogdanski, Chair of the 2014 Campaign for the Common Good and General Manager of Frontier Communications. “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” Awards event will begin at 5:30pm with a cocktail reception and nonprofit showcase, featuring representatives from Orange and Dutchess nonprofit organizations. A dinner and awards ceremony will follow at 6:30pm and concludes at 8:30pm. The event will be held at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. Tickets are $95/person and may be purchased online here. Tables also are available, please call Michelle Nepton at (845) 471-1900 EXT. 3115 for information.

First Annual Distinguished Leadership Award: Steven V. Lant

Steven V. Lant, the inaugural recipient of the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s Distinguished Leadership Award, has volunteered for the United Way for more than three decades. Lant served on the Dutchess County board of the United Way from 1997 – 2008, as its chair from 2003 – 2005, as interim leader in 2004, and as Interim President and CEO 2014 to present.

In October 2014 after 34 years of service, Lant retired as CEO of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation. A few weeks later, he came out of retirement to volunteer to serve in the role of Interim President and CEO for the United Way, while the board conducts a search for a permanent successor.

“Steve Lant stepped in this fall to serve as Interim President and CEO of the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region as an unpaid volunteer. He’s a well respected business leader in the region, as well as a valued community volunteer, former board member and a generous donor. He knows United Way and our community inside and out,” said Steven E. Howell, CPA, Chairman of United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region and partner at Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni and Weddell. "It was a unanimous decision to honor his dedicated service, commitment to our mission, dedication to the people of Dutchess and Orange counties, and his support of the United Way with the inaugural Distinguished Leadership Award.”

Steven V. Lant began his career with Central Hudson in 1980 and completed a graduate degree in economics from the University at Albany in 1984. In 2003 he was named President and CEO of CH Energy Group and CEO of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, a position he held until his retirement in October 2014. Lant served as a director of The Edison Electric Institute and the Business Council of NY, and was Chair of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation and Health Quest. Among many other community recognitions, Lant was named the Poughkeepsie Journal Business Person of the Year in 2012. He resides in the Town of Poughkeepsie with his wife Linda. Together they have two grown children, Elliott and Sally.

2014 Campaign for the Common Good
Through its annual Campaign for the Common Good, the 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 2013, thanks to the tremendous generosity of residents of Dutchess and Orange counties, United Way touched the lives of more than 74,000 of our friends and neighbors -- the equivalent of 1 in 10 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. These include:

Exemplary Campaign Awards:

  • Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers, IBM Corporation
  • Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc.
  • United Parcel Service

Extraordinary Employee Commitment Awards:

  • The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni and Weddell

Nonprofit Partner Spotlight Awards:

  • The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley
  • The Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
  • Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum and The Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh

Exceptional Growth Awards:

  • Frontier Communications
  • Orange County Trust Company

Business Leadership Awards:

  • Adams Fairacre Farms
  • Astor Services for Children & Families
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Inc.
  • The Culinary Institute of America
  • Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • EFCO Products, Inc.
  • Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
  • M & T Bank, Macy’s, Inc.
  • Marist College
  • Marshall & Sterling Insurance
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Newburgh Enlarged City School District
  • Orange County Government
  • Orange County Partnership
  • Orange Regional Medical Center
  • Poughkeepsie Journal
  • SUNY Orange
  • Target

New Campaign Awards:

  • Ricoh Americas Corp
  • Dutchess Community College

In addition, members of the Campaign Leadership Team, Employee Campaign Managers, Loaned Executives, and individual donors will be recognized for their support of the 2014 campaign.