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Dean Palladino and Thomas Moran, Co-Chairs of the Easter Seals Annual “Celebration of Giving” Campaign, announce that over 40 business and community leaders are volunteering their time and efforts in an attempt to meet this year’s goal of $150,000. The campaign is the local organization’s major fundraiser to benefit family-focused programs and services for infants, children and adults with disabilities in greater Waterbury and northwestern Connecticut.

Given the Easter Seals title of VIP, each of these volunteers is seeking contributions through the end of July. Palladino is Vice President of Palladin Precision Products, Inc., of Waterbury; and Moran is Vice President of Industrial Paper & Plastic, of Waterbury.  “With the human service industry continuously evolving, Easter Seals needs our assistance more than ever,” said Palladino. “Contributions will directly affect our local people with disabilities ranging from infants to seniors,” said Moran. 

 VIPs include: Delores R. Avellani; Ron Bruneau; Garrett F. Casey, Jr., Casey-O’Donnell Family Funeral Home; Angela Clement, St. Maria Goretti’s 9th Grade Confirmation Class; Carolyn Collins-Smith; Chris Cowles, Amphenol Corp.; Jeff Cugno, O & G Industries; Kim Demsey-Ariola, Demsey Manufacturing Company; Attorney Mark W. Dost, Tinley, Nastri, Renehan & Dost; Rick Errichetti; Michael and Deanna Farrelly, parents of 2004 Easter Seals Ambassador; Robert Garthwait, Jr., The Cly-Del Manufacturing Company; Ann Giancarli, Naugatuck Savings Bank; Anthony Y. Gugliotti, Naugatuck Savings Bank; Carmen Hall; Regina Hillsman, M.D.; Bill and Debbie Johnson, parents of 2006 Easter Seals Ambassador; Ray Kalita, Kalita Agency, Inc.; Barbara Kenausis; Attorney Joseph Kinsella, Carmody & Torrance; Barry Lerman, Custom Bottle, Lerman Container Company Division; David J. Long; Vickie G. Luddy; Barbara Mattson, F.B. Mattson Co., Inc.; Judith A. Mirrer; Sean Moran; George Mowad II, Yamin & Grant, LLC; Gary Nielsen; Brian O’Leary; Paul Pernerewski, Assistant Attorney General; Chris and Debbie Price, parents of 2005 Easter Seals Ambassador; Genie Rigopulos; John Sullivan, Lenkowski, Lonergan & Co.; Robert Teittinen, The First National Bank of Litchfield; Laurin Traub; Lynn Ward, Waterbury Regional Chamber; and James S. Zoldy, Jr., Halsey Associates.

Other volunteers who have assisted by organizing the volleyball tournament are committee members Chairman Mike Shirling, Sikorsky Financial Credit Union; Mahdi Bendanna, MB Home Improvements; Mike Caprio, Zip/Bar, Inc.; Attorney Kate Casagrande; Coach Harry Najarian, Wolcott; Coach Cindy Skerritt, Wolcott; and Patti Ann Theiss, TD Banknorth, N.A.

Since 1958, Easter Seals of Greater Waterbury has been helping individuals and families achieve maximum independence in the community by providing developmental, educational, medical and employment services. To lend support to the annual campaign or to learn more, please contact Carolee Kalita, Director of Development at Easter Seals, at 203-754-5141, Ext. 243 or click here to dowload a donation form. 

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