A Special Thanks

Creating Opportunities Awards

Creating opportunties award - empowering women - eliminating racism

2015 Creating Opportunities Community Partner Award Winner - United Way

The criteria for the Creating Opportunities Awards is:

Individual: This award recognizes an individual or family who demonstrates exemplary support of YWCA’s mission through philanthropic giving or by volunteering their time and talent. They serve as a role model for others on how to give back to the community and are viewed as people who make a difference in the lives of others.
Corporation: This award honors a business which provides significant financial and/or in-kind resources to assist YWCA in meeting community needs. The organization encourages giving and is viewed as a partner in the profit/ non-profit relationship. This can be achieved through the corporation’s foundation, a corporate giving program or the volunteerism of their employees.

Government or Private Agency: This award goes to a government agency, non-profit organization or private foundation that partners with YWCA to make a difference in the lives of women and children in our communities. Because of this relationship, YWCA is able to provide programs and services that improve the quality of life in our region and assist us in fulfilling YWCA’s mission.


Hoffman Auto Group- Corporate Award
Capital Community College- Community Partner Award
Peg Lesiak - Leadership Award
Elease E. Wright- Leadership Award
Landmark Partners - Corporate Award
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut - Community Partner Award
Alisa Sisic - Leadership Award
The Pheonix Companies, Inc. – Corporate Award
Millenium Real Estate Services, LLC – Business Partner Award
The Employees of Aetna, Inc. Volunteer Award
Travelers – Corporate Award
Aurora Women & Girls Foundation – Corporate Partner
Fund for Greater Hartford – Community Partner
Denise L. Nappier – Leadership
The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. – Corporate Partner
Fund for Greater Hartford – Community Partner
Wendy Davis – Volunteer Award
Paddi LeShane – Leadership
Bank of America – Corporate Partner
Covenant Preparatory School – Community Partner
Konover Residential Corporation – Business Partner
JoAnn Price – Leadership
ING – Corporate Partner
City of Hartford Office for Young Children – Business Partner
Yvette Melendez – Leadership
Prudential Retirement Services – Corporate Partner
Knox Parks Foundation – Business Partner
Debra Palermino – Leadership
Northeast Utilities – Corporate Partner
Chrysalis – Business Partner
Marjorie Albano – Volunteer
Mary Fox – Leadership
Kaplan – Corporate Partner
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving – Organization/Business Partner
Sherry Manetta – Leadership
Enterprise Builders – Corporate Partner
Town of Somers – Business Partner
Elease Wright – Leadership
Aetna and the Aetna Foundation – Corporate Partner
Sandra Chase – Leadership