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About the Stephen R. Sasala II Community Partnership Award and its Recipients

History of the Stephen R. Sasala II Community Partnership Award
In  2010 Main Street Waterbury (MSW) celebrated the leadership and contributions of Steve Sasala, the former President and CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber, by presenting  the first annual Stephen R. Sasala II Community Partnership Award.  The event was held on the evening of June 24, 2010 at the Palace Theater. Steve advocated for quality planning and policy development, and practiced the leadership approach of setting goals and staying the course while recognizing and working toward the bigger picture. With these qualities, he continually provided support for addressing local work in ways that ultimately benefit the more global good. Like Steve Sasala, Main Street Waterbury strives to make a difference for our community by cultivating partnerships and boldly facing our challenges with optimism and commitment and recognizes the change-inspiring abilities of forming productive community partnerships.  With this award MSW leadership sees the opportunity to honor Steve Sasala, acknowledge the value of community partnerships, and praise the contributions of specific leaders who have made a positive impact on Waterbury's growth as a strong and productive community.

Award Recipient 2012

On May 31, 2012 Joseph A. Geary, Chief of Staff, Office of the Mayor, City of Waterbury received the Stephen R. Sasala II Community Partnership Award. Joe had worked closely with Steve Sasala on several community initiatives including the Waterbury Development Corporation Board of Directors. Joe has been very active in the community fro many years previously serving as a volunteer coach for East Mountain Athletic Association coaching soccer, basketball, and softball. In addition, he has volunteered his time with the Olympian Club, United Way of Greater Waterbury, East End Community Club, and Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. He has been an active supporter of Main Street Waterbury since its inception facilitating the organizations clean, safe, and friendly programs thus making a significant difference to the overall appearance of Downtown Waterbury. Joe's professional approach to leadership includes partnership building community collaboration, and good public policy.     

Award Recipient 2011
Main Street Waterbury is proud to have the Stephen R. Sasala II Community Partnership Award as a vehicle for recognizing the work, commitment, and style of individuals who have been outstanding partners in providing services to the Waterbury community.  In 2011 we honor Ingrid Manning, CEO of the Connecticut Community Foundation.  Ms. Manning leads this unique organization that has the enviable ability to catalyst activation of projects and programs in Waterbury and other communities as they strive to create meaningful opportunities for their citizens.  So often sound ideas, energy, commitment, and determination are available, but projects still falter for lack of monetary assistance.  The CT Community Foundation has often responded to make the difference by judiciously providing grant funds to appropriate endeavors.  For Main Street Waterbury that has resulted in a number of partnerships. These included establishing the downtown Clean Team; advocating for the renovation of the Waterbury City Hall Building; creating a series of Walking Tours of Downtown's magnificent architecture; and more.  Ingrid Manning is a fund developer, fund manager, and fund provider.  Her work has garnered her great respect.  Her commitment garners our applause.

Award Recipient 2010
In 2010, the initiating year for this award, MSW honored Dr. William J. Pizzuto, Director of the University of Connecticut at Waterbury.  Bill is a leader with foresight and a commitment to serve not only the University but the broader community as well. During his tenure, Bill has welcomed the opportunity to partner with a wide range of community leaders in catalytic ways to help move the City forward.  Examples of his active involvement include; serving as a member of the Board of Aldermen, sitting as a director of the NVDC, Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury Regional Chamber and the Palace Theater. All this and his unwavering support for Main Street Waterbury made Bill the appropriate candidate to receive the inaugural Steven R. Sasala II Community Partnership Award.