Hundreds of people attended the United Way of Long Island’s Live United Celebration Luncheon, where honors were bestowed upon supporters at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on Thursday.
Hosted by Linda Armyn, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Bethpage Federal Credit Union, which sponsored the event, and Paul Fleishman, vice president of public affairs for Newsday, the luncheon celebrated the dedication and support of the organizations and individuals that share the nonprofit group’s vision.
“By Living United as one community, we have the power to make dreams possible, and transform the lives of Long Islanders of all ages,” the United Way of Long Island said on its website. “From giving the youngest among us the tools to succeed in school, to helping our hardworking neighbors achieve financial independence, and encouraging everyone to lead a healthy lifestyle—we are energizing the future of our region for generations to come.”
The event began with a networking hour and the opportunity to win top-tier items and experiences before a formal lunch and program highlighting the work of their honorees and partners.
Honorees included Katherine Heaviside, president of Epoch 5 Public Relations, who was named the Anthony J. Stupore Memorial Live United Volunteer Champion, awarded to those with a “distinguished history of volunteer service and a profound commitment to fulfilling United Way of Long Island’s mission of advancing the common good.”
PSEG Long Island was named Corporate Champion for “their ability to mobilize and enhance the community. They embody the action of give, advocate and volunteer.”
Also honored was TWU 252, which received the Elena M. Perez Memorial Live United Pioneer Vision award for demonstrating “an innovative approach to philanthropy and long-term commitment to creating a better future for all Long Islanders.”
The event was sponsored by Astoria Bank, Bank of America, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Citi Community Development, Fortunoff, Island Outreach Foundation, Magnacare, NawrockiSmith, Newsday, Deloitte, IBEW Local 25, IBEW Local 1049, Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc., Main Street Financial Group, Northwell Health, Safelite Autoglass, Santander Bank, Thomas & Liza GIlmartin, Thomas N. Gilmartin, President/TriState Capital Bank and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.