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Ward Leonard Raises $4,000 for Thomaston Crisis Fund

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Ward Leonard Director of Human Resources presents a donation check to Thomaston First Selectman Edmond V. Mone. Also pictured are Ward Leonard President Michael Clute (far right), Vice President and CFO Rocco Ferraro (far back) and members of the Events Committee.

THOMASTON, CT, December 18, 2013 ̢— Ward Leonard CT LLC raised $4,000, for its annual holiday charity drive to benefit the Thomaston Crisis Fund and presented a check to Thomaston First Selectman Ed Mone. In addition, a number of non-perishable food items were also collected for the local pantry this holiday season.

Recognized for their help in planning, initiating and coordinating the fundraiser are Ward Leonard Events Committee members Sam Aconfora, Susan Polzella, David Miele, Lynne Jablonski, Annie Parson, Irek Rychlik, Raul Rodriguez, Dave Strasdauskas and Fiona McAllister.

Committee members presented the donation check, an increase of $1,000 over last year’s holiday drive, to a Thomaston First Selectman Ed Mone, at Ward Leonard’s 401 Watertown Road, Thomaston facility.

With gifts ranging from a laptop computer to an iPad and wide screen television, which were received through Corporate American Express Reward Points, employees took a chance on a raffle to win a prize and give to those in need.

The Thomaston Crisis Fund is one of a variety of local programs that the Town of Thomaston Social Services assists with, including the New Beginnings school clothing program and seasonal donation programs, the Thomaston Christmas program and Salvation Army assistance.

The generosity of a number of individuals, groups and businesses such as Ward Leonard, allows the town to make a difference in people who are in desperate need of assistance.
Thanks to the Thomaston Crisis Fund, short-term relief is provided for residents who find themselves in hardship situations such as people’s cars needing to be fixed so that they can get to work, or helping others pay their rent.

“Ward Leonard is a very community oriented company” stated Sam Aconfora, Director of Human Resources. “The purpose each year of our annual Holiday Potluck/Raffle event is to generate the funds that allow us to make a significant donation to a worthy local cause, to give back to the community we call home.  We are pleased again this year to make our donation to the Thomaston Crisis Fund. Because of the strong support by the employees and our company, we were able to increase our donation by 33% to $4K.  All of us here at Ward Leonard are happy to do the right thing to help make a difference during this holiday season for those in need”, noted Aconfora. 

Ward Leonard employs about 140 people from the Greater Waterbury/Thomaston Area and remains supportive throughout the year of various community activities.

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