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United Way of Pioneer Valley Centennial Awards Announced

Springfield, MA – United Way of Pioneer Valley will host a luncheon in honor of their  100th anniversary year, alongside special guest Chirlane McCray, the former First Lady  of New York City and native of Springfield, Massachusetts. To celebrate reaching this  milestone, the agency will recognize the following companies and individuals:

Centennial Award: Mass Mutual

Summit Award: Big Y

Summit Award: Baystate Health

First 50 Years Award: Smith & Wesson

Local Legacy Award: American Saw & the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation 

Lifetime Achievement Award: R. Lyman Wood

Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Bolduc

Women’s Leadership Council Naming: Dora D. Robinson

Alexis de Tocqueville Volunteer Award: John Baker, Trinity Health The Michael Serafino Hero Award: The Serafino Family

These awards recognize long-standing, stalwart support from some of the area’s oldest  businesses along with outstanding individual contributions.

The luncheon will take place from 12-2pm on Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 at the  Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, located at One Monarch Place,  Springfield, MA. Tickets are free, to register, visit

“In our view everyone who has invested in time or treasure over the last 100 years is a  real hero and is warmly invited to join us at our June 2nd Centennial Luncheon,” said  Paul Mina, Executive Director. “This is a free thank you event for the people and  supportive businesses of the Pioneer Valley, for whom we are truly grateful”.

Today’s unprecedented challenges have low-to-moderate income households struggling  with an economic downturn due to inflation and other consequences of the prolonged pandemic. The United Way of Pioneer Valley envisions a future where everyone has the  support they need to succeed. To date, they have invested over 193 million dollars  toward essential support to help keep communities stable, with the assistance of  generous community investors.

United Way will be accepting legacy gifts to commemorate their 100th anniversary. A  legacy gift is a one-time contribution starting at $500, in addition to individuals’ normal  annual support. All legacy level gifts will be memorialized on the 100th Anniversary  “Wall of Hope.”

Amidst historic division and tensions, United Way has been a unifying force for good  throughout the 25 communities in their service area. The organization is committed to  providing a friendly helping hand to families and individuals in the community to improve  quality of life, and the donations from this luncheon will do just that.

United Way of Pioneer Valley has worked on solutions to solve some of the toughest  community problems over the last 100 years, and has made its mission to help lift the  residents in 25 communities of Hampden County, Granby, and South Hadley out of  poverty. The organization provides a range of services with an emphasis on feeding the  hungry, supporting youth development programs, increasing financial literacy, and  providing mental health and substance use treatment for anyone seeking those services  in the Commonwealth.

About United Way of Pioneer Valley

United Way of Pioneer Valley mobilizes people and resources to strengthen our  communities. We target the community’s most pressing needs and focus resources,  community partnerships, and the energy of volunteers to create measurable results.  For more information, visit