United Way honored Steven V. Lant as well as key volunteers and organizations on March 12

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region celebrated a successful conclusion of its 2014 Campaign for the Common Good with last night’s “Celebration of Service” Awards event held at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor.

“Our thanks go out to the thousands of area residents who have made charitable gifts to the United Way individually and through their workplace campaigns during the 2014 Campaign for the Common Good,” said Steven E. Howell, United Way Chairman. “This event is our way of recognizing some of them as well as our nonprofit partners and volunteers. I am so proud to announce that when all the dollars are counted at the end of our fiscal year on June 30, we expect to have raised more than $2.3 million dollars. We could not do this without all of you.”

More than 300 people attended the event, which honored 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.

steven-lant-award-recipient-2015Steven V. Lant, the Distinguished Leadership Award recipient, was recognized for three decades of service to the community. Lant, who retired in October 2014 as CEO of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., has served on the Dutchess County board of the United Way from 1997–2008, as its chair from 2003–05, as interim leader in 2004, and as Interim President and CEO from November 2014 through March 18, 2015.

Event attendees had the chance to learn more about some of the United Way’s Nonprofit Partners during the pre-dinner nonprofit showcase reception at individual tables staffed by the organizations. Event guests also had the chance to meet Jeannie Montano, the incoming President and CEO of the United Way, who was introduced during the program.

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.

Individuals and organizations recognized as key to the success of the 2014 Campaign for the Common Good, included members of the Campaign Leadership Team, Employee Campaign Managers, Loaned Executives, and individual donors as well as representatives from the following organizations:

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 LLP

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

To date, 2015 United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region Corporate Sponsors include: Grand Event Sponsors: Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., Orange & Rockland Utilities, Poughkeepsie Journal· Platinum Event Sponsors: IBM Corporation, Adams Fairacre Farms, AJ Ross Creative Media, Orange County Trust Company, Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni and Weddell LLP · Silver Event Sponsors: Arthur DeDominicis Accountant and Consultants, Frontier Communications · Leadership Supporters: Catania Mahon Milligram and Rider PLLC, Dutchess Community College, Merrill Lynch: The Cassalina, Dolan, Cassalina Group, Rose & Kiernan, Inc. · Business Supporter: SUNY Orange