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United Way Salutes 3 Community Leaders At Luncheon

Shari Shapiro will be honored b y the United Way of Western Connecticut Awards luncheon Wednesday.
Shari Shapiro will be honored b y the United Way of Western Connecticut Awards luncheon Wednesday. Photo Credit: The Daily Voice/Contributed
Andy Zeitlin will be honored b y the United Way of Western Connecticut Awards luncheon Wednesday.
Andy Zeitlin will be honored b y the United Way of Western Connecticut Awards luncheon Wednesday. Photo Credit: The Daily Voice/Contributed
Richard Colbert will be honored b y the United Way of Western Connecticut Awards luncheon Wednesday.
Richard Colbert will be honored b y the United Way of Western Connecticut Awards luncheon Wednesday. Photo Credit: The Daily Voice/Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. – Three community leaders will be honored Wednesday at the United Way of Western Connecticut’s Awards Luncheon at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel.

The lunch begins at noon at the Sheraton, 700 E. Main St. in Stamford. The honorees are Kids In Crisis executive director Shari Shapiro, Shipman & Goodwin law partner Andrew Zeitlin and Richard Colbert, a partner in Day Pitney LLP.

Shapiro is well-known throughout the state for her energy, leaders and compassion. Within hours of the tragedy hook at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, Shapiro assembled a team of mental health professionals to assist a small mental health agency in Newtown.

She worked around the clock to help the Newtown Youth and Family Services assess its needs in the aftermath of the tragedy. Shapiro and her team formulated a mental health triage plan that provided counseling to Newtown families and children.

Zeitlin has volunteered hours as member of the United Way of Western Connecticut Board of Directors on the Sandy Hook transisition team. He also worked extensively on the merger of The Volunteer Center of Southwestern Fairfield County with United Way of Western Connecticut.

Colbert was instrumental in developing the merger between The Volunteer Center and United Way of Western Connecticut. He is supporter of The Volunteer Center and the important services it has provided in the Stamford community for 30 years.

Fifteen companies will also be honored at the luncheon for the generous corporate and individual giving.

Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door.

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