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The 29th Annual Auction for Achievers Dinner took place Tuesday November 7 at The St. Ann Club in Norwalk, CT.

Attendees at this year’s Auction for Achievers Dinner found many wonderful items to bid upon in both the Silent and Live Auctions, enjoyed the Martini Bar, Sponsored by Diageo North America, and indulged in a wonderful dinner.

Every year we also take this opportunity to honor those who have helped make Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut a success through the following awards:

The Theodore White Partnership Award was established in 1993 to provide recognition to those education and business partners whose outstanding service to Junior Achievement deserve acknowledgement. The award is named in honor of former Junior Achievement Board Chairman and volunteer, Ted White. During his long association with Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut, Ted White provided leadership and exemplified the spirit of volunteerism. Ted worked behind the scenes with great humility and dignity, and never sought the limelight, though he was the star of many projects. Above all, Ted was a wonderful person and a great friend to Junior Achievement. Each year, Junior Achievement recognizes partners whose spirit and style most closely resemble Ted’s.

2017 Award Recipients:

Education Partner – Julia A. Stark Elementary School

2017 Theodore White Outstanding Education Partner Awar

Ugo Deblasi, JASWCT Board Treasurer, Jennifer DeRubeis, Interim Principal, Joseph Claps, Assistant Principal

Business Partner – Ernst & Young LLP

2017 Theodore White Outstanding Business Partner Award

Ugo Deblasi, JASWCT Board Treasurer, Bud J. McDonald, Office Managing Partner, EY

The Karen Colangelo Outstanding Volunteer Award is presented annually to an outstanding volunteer/volunteers who “goes the extra mile” for JA. The award was created in 2003 in memory of Karen Colangelo, an advocate and champion of JA. As a high school student in Stamford, Karen was involved in the JA Company Program, was Business Communicator of the Year in 1989 and represented Junior Achievement of Southwest CT at the National Junior Achievement Conference in the summer of 1989. Her experience with the program triggered a passion for JA which she carried over into her college life. As a college student Karen volunteered in the Elementary Program and continued to volunteer when she entered the business world. She was an avid volunteer while employed at GE and worked hard to recruit her colleagues to volunteer. She was a committed and dedicated member of the JA family who is truly missed.

2017 Award Recipients: Glenn Iannaccone & Laura Voros, Community Volunteers


Dan Lucia, Glenn Iannaccone, Ugo Deblasi, JASWCT Board Treasurer, Laura Voros

A special Thank You to the generous donors who helped make this event a success! [Thank You Ad PDF]

Check back soon to save the date for the 2018 JA Auction for Achievers Dinner!