Kaye Davis, Executive Director, United Way of Southington

United Way to bring back popular holiday event

United Way of Southington has a largely behind-the-scenes way of being there for people who need a helping hand.

Town Manager Garry Brumback said: “The United Way is a wonderful organization which helps those groups who are supporting our community. The funds they distribute to these groups allow members of the community to help themselves.”

Len Marcheselle, a citizen who has given decades of public service to the town, said: “I laughed and I cried…and I worked with some of the most sincere and caring people in the town of Southington. It is a town-wide effort to help those people and organizations that need a boost to help them over a bump in their road of life.”

Executive Director Kaye Davis took special joy in announcing Oct. 28 that the “United Way of Southington is bringing back an exciting event on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 at the Elks Club in Southington.”

The event is the Festival of Trees and Traditions.

With thanks to the many who support United Way of Southington, Davis said: “On this special night, ‘the Elks’ will be transformed into a winter wonderland to benefit the United Way of Southington as we host a live and silent auction of holiday trees, wreaths, gift baskets, table arrangements, mantle pieces and other special gift items.”

Davis explained that “this has been an exciting event in the past, one that we are thrilled to be bringing back. Local restaurants will be serving their specialties, with beer and wine available for purchase.”

Ticket sales will enable UWS to continue supporting the community. However, the Elks Club can accommodate just 200 people, so Davis suggests getting in contact with her soon. She can be reached at (860) 628-4565, or at

“Every dollar raised in Southington stays in Southington,” Davis said.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph V. Erardi, Jr. said: “I was privileged to have led United Way’s funding campaign for two years, as its mission and vision represents all that is right in assisting so many worthwhile initiatives.”

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