The United Way of West Central Connecticut, serving the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth and Terryville, will hold its 11th Annual Community Builders’ Reception on April 11, 2013 at the Aqua Turf Club. The event recognizes and honors those who share their time and resources with the United Way to advance the common good by creating lasting changes to improve lives in our communities.
The theme of this year’s event is “Change. Not Charity: The Power of Philanthropy Through the Generations.”
The evening will spotlight some of the people and organizations in our communities who demonstrate the power of philanthropy. The evening will also feature guest speaker, Jay Harris, ESPN SportsCenter Anchor, to discuss how he makes philanthropy a priority in his life and with his family.
Jay Harris joined ESPN in February 2003 as an ESPNEWS and SportsCenter anchor. In August 2006, Harris was named anchor of the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter. Harris came to ESPN from WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh, Pa. where he was a news anchor/reporter.
Harris has more than 20 years experience in television and radio news.
A native of Norfolk, Va., Harris was graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s degree in speech communication in 1987.
Among his other honors, Harris was part of SportsCenter’s Sports Emmy-winning efforts in 2004 and 2005, and a recipient of the Silver World Medal from the New York Festival Awards, Robert L. Vann Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, and an EXCEL Award from the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals. Harris lives locally and is married with two children.
During this special evening, United Way will also honor those who Live United by giving, advocating and volunteering: Award for Excellence – Plainville Community Schools and Tracy-Driscoll Insurance and Financial Services; Special Initiative Award – Bristol and Plymouth Early Childhood Initiatives; Lou Bachman Award – Elizabeth Nadeau from Associated Spring-Barnes Group Inc. and Spirit of Caring Award – John-David Scarritt.
Tickets are still available for this event for only $50/person. For tickets, contact the United Way at (860) 582-9559.