NEW BRITAIN - Five city residents have been recognized by a local foundation for supporting activities that benefit the community.
The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain (CFGNB) announced the recipients of five Champion Awards for 2021. The CFGNB recognized Acme Monaco and Rebecca Karabin-Ahern, Mark and Maria Bernacki, Jerome Home, Schaller Auto and Art Schaller and Paulette Fox as 2021 award recipients.
According to a statement released by the foundation, the organization works to inspire philanthropy and address key community issues through strategic leadership.
“[The foundation] established their Champion Awards in order to celebrate and recognize individuals, businesses, organizations, civic groups, and others who have supported the activities of the Foundation in a manner that allowed it to fulfill its mission even more effectively and efficiently,” it read.
The foundation recognized Monaco and Karabin-Ahern for consistent and generous support of the Civic Leadership Fund, especially for “logistical support” in the reusable bag project, which stored and transported thousands of bags.
Mark and Maria Bernacki were recognized for long-standing support of CFGNB in providing discounted printed materials from Sir Speedy when they owned it. They were also recognized for their support of the Civic Leadership Fund and Catalyst, and for sponsoring various projects such as the chamber reception hosted at our Foundation Center.
The foundation also recognized Jerome Home for providing donated space and refreshments repeatedly for retreats and workshops, Schaller Auto and Schaller for their donation of the use of their digital billboard for several weeks during Census 2020, and Fox for volunteering to secure a donated appropriate outdoor space that could host the September Catalyst meeting during the pandemic.