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October 29, 2007

United Way Honors Guilford Couple at Annual Leadership Reception

Oct. 29, 2007

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Special appearance by Herbert Pearce

United Way of Greater New Haven honored its leadership donors at a reception held at New Haven Colony Historical Society on Oct. 16, presenting its annual Alexis de Tocqueville Award to Catherine and John Crawford of Guilford. The event featured a special appearance by Herbert Pearce to talk about the history of United Way of Greater New Haven.

Each year, the Alexis de Tocqueville Award is presented to an individual or couple who embody the spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy observed by Alexis de Tocqueville, a French explorer, as he traveled through America in the 1800’s. John Crawford, president of Strategem consulting firm, and his wife, Catherine, were recognized for their commitment and philanthropic concern for the community.

In addition to working and raising a family, the Crawfords have sat on the Boards of the Guilford Chamber of Commerce, the Guilford Interfaith Housing Project, the Regional Growth Partnership, the St. Martin de Porres Academy and United Way of Greater New Haven, as well as volunteering their time at Yale Center for British Art, working with children waiting to be adopted as a Guardian Ad Litem, and teaching CCD.

The reception was highlighted by the special appearance of Herbert Pearce, a New Haven native known for his business sense and ingenuity in the real estate business. Pearce was one of the first to receive the Alexis de Tocqueville Award in 1998 and he chaired the annual United Way campaign back in 1970. Pearce reminded all those present how far United Way has come in such a short period of time. The event also featured opening remarks from Jim Torgerson, CEO of The United Illuminating, Co. and the 2007 United Way Campaign Chair.

About United Way:
United Way brings together the caring power of our community to create measurable, sustainable change and to improve lives. To do this we: help identify our region's greatest needs and best opportunities for change; raise dollars and invest those dollars for results; connect people to their caring through volunteer opportunities.
More information about United Way of Greater New Haven's community leadership and how you can help can be found at www.uwgnh.org.
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