Tri-County United Way Announces 2020 Annual Awards

Local United Way Logo

(Queensbury, New York) November 23, 2020 – Each year, Tri-County United Way recognizes individuals and companies who have contributed to our mission of improving lives of families in Washington, Warren and Northern Saratoga counties.  Our 2019/2020 campaign year was more challenging due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, making the generosity from our award winners of greater significance.

“We are so grateful to our award recipients for their contributions and leadership in supporting the Tri-County United Way’s efforts to bring people together to solve our community’s toughest challenges,” said Peter Aust, Interim Executive Director.

“In these times of separation and anxiety, it is comforting to know that the charitable spirit of our members can partner with your organization to offer some connection and assistance to the community,” said Frank Regner, President – USW Local 4-2, accepting the award for Irving Tissue.



Glens Falls National Bank accepting awawrd

Kate Otis/Community Development, Tom
Murphy/President & CEO, Peter Aust/Tri-County
United Way Interim Executive Director, Leslie
D’Angelico/ Vice President and Mark Yrsha/
Vice President

Thomas Hoy Campaign of Distinction Award – Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company

The Thomas Hoy Campaign of Distinction award is named for a true champion of the United Way.   Mr. Hoy, as the retired CEO of Glens Falls National Bank, believed passionately in the mission of the United Way where financial support from the bank’s employees and stakeholders support not-for-profit organizations whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for the community’s citizens.  Glens Falls National Bank’s long-standing support of United Way campaigns coupled with their long-standing community-centric focus, made making the Thomas Hoy Campaign of Distinction Award an easy choice.

Glens Falls Hospital Accepting award

Members of Glens Falls Hospital United Way
Campaign Committee: Bates Childress/Senior
Development Officer, Noel Harding/Clinical
Systems Analyst, Tracy Mills/VP Planning, Peter
Aust/Interim Executive Director, Tri-County
United Way, Cathleen Traver/Director, Research
and Planning

Community Champion Award – Glens Falls Hospital

The Community Champion award is given annually to a business or organization that exemplifies the philosophy that their core values reflect an alignment to the overall betterment of the local community and who believes in the mission of the United Way Glens Falls Hospital’s long-standing support of United Way, especially over these past few months, affirms their award.

Queensbury School accepting award

Elise Naylor/Special Ed Teacher and
Building Rep, Nicole Enny-Tully/5th
Grade Teacher, Amanda Denno/Assistant
Principal, Gwyne Cosh/Principal, Lisa
Higley/Special Education Teacher, Peter
Aust/Interim Executive Director

Helping Hands Award – Queensbury Union Free School District

The Helping Hands award was established in 1999 and is given annually to a school district that  truly believes in the mission of the United Way. The financial support from employees and faculty is the highest per capita giving of any school district in the tri-county region.  We applaud Queensbury School for leading the pack.


Grace Deyette accepting award

Volunteer of the Year – Grace Deyette

Grace generously donated her talent and time to make bracelets to sell to her friends and family with all of the proceeds being graciously donated to the United Way.  Thank You Grace!

The Volunteer of the Year award goes to a recipient who embraces a commitment to improve the quality of life for Warren, Washington & Northern Saratoga county residents through their service and commitment to Tri-County United Way.  Grace generously donated her talent and time to make bracelets to sell to her friends and family with all of the proceeds being graciously donated to the United Way.

Outstanding Participation Award – Andritz

The Outstanding Participation Award is given annually to a business or organization that has as one of their core values a belief in the work of the United Way and where overall financial support from their employees and stakeholders exceeds 80% of their employees.

COVID-19 Response & Recovery Award – Price Chopper Supermarkets and National Grid

The COVID-19 Response & Recovery award was created to recognize the unique and extraordinary contributions and support of local organizations to assist our community during the coronavirus crisis.

Irving Steelworkers Union accepting award

Accepting award for Irving Tissue – Frank Regner, President USW Local-42 and Fred Baxstrome, Purchasing Manager, from Tri-County United Way’s Kristin Chlopecki, Director of Resource Development

Mario Scarseletta Jr. Community Service Award – Irving Tissue & United Steelworkers Union

The Mario Scarselletta, Jr.  Community Service Award was established in 2000 in honor of Mr. Scarselletta and his many years of service to the Tri-County region, its union workers and the United Way.  The award is presented to the United Steel Workers Local that raises the highest per capita contribution to the Tri-County United Way Annual Campaign.


About Tri-County United Way

Tri-County United Way fights for the Health, Education and Financial Stability of every person in our community. The agency collaborates, convenes, and partners to support programs and initiatives that break the cycle of poverty, promote a healthy community where children are successful from kindergarten through graduation to a career, and where families have the tools, skills, and support they need to become financially independent. We win by living United. For more information about Tri-County United Way, visit  Headquarters are at 696 Upper Glen Street, Queensbury, and NY 12804. 518.793.3136