Gala To Honor The Health & Human Services Community

SCOTCH PLAINS – United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) is hosting a gala on June 6 from 6-10 p.m. at the Shackamaxon Country Club located in Scotch Plains to honor the leadership, support, and contributions of its partners.

The event will bring together a diverse group of corporate partners, municipalities, non-profit organizations and contributors, as well as many community members who benefit from UWGUC support. The Gala encourages community leaders to celebrate the successes of the prior years’ campaign and to highlight extraordinary individuals and corporations for their commitment to United Way.

“This gala truly embodies the United Way credo of ‘Live United’ and is the perfect setting to look back on all of our accomplishments as a community,” states James W. Horne, President/CEO, United Way of Greater Union County. “Its hard work but with the support of so many partners, we can make it happen.”

The 2013 Honorees’ include a number of established philanthropists and accomplished public servants such as Governor Tom Kean, and son, Senator Tom Kean Jr. who will receive the Champion for the Common Good Award; Assemblywoman Annette Quijano who will receive the 2013 Legislative Champion Award; and Mayor J. Christian Bollwage who will receive the Governance and Civic Leadership Award.

Giovanna Drpic, an award winning journalist, reporter, anchor and host of the show “Money & Main$treet” on FIOS TV, will be the evenings Emcee. Giovanna specializes in presenting business and personal finance strategies for a general audience of small business owners, families and the community-at-large.

The mission of United Way of Greater Union County is to ensure the health and human services needs of the community are identified and addressed in ways that create a better quality of life for the residents of Union County, North Plainfield and South Plainfield. UWGUC is dedicated to family strengthening—ensuring that everyone in Greater Union County has the necessary opportunities, relationships and networks to support the success of their family. Family strengthening is built on three pillars: education, income and health:

  • Education is the foundation of a good life, setting an individual on a path of personal fulfillment and economic security.
  • Adequate income to pay for today’s necessities and save for the future provides a family with financial stability and independence.
  • Good health improves a child’s opportunity to learn, increases an adult’s productivity at work and enhances quality of life for the elderly.

UWGUC partners with non-profits and government agencies throughout the county to help deliver the human services our community needs. For more information on United Way of Greater Union County, visit

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