United Way and FOX61 Seek Nominations for the Inaugural ImpaCT Awards

Aug.21, 2023

Hartford, Conn. (August 21, 2023) – United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and FOX61 invite the public to recognize and honor individuals, groups and organizations who make a significant contribution to the health care, housing, financial empowerment and education sectors in Connecticut. Nominations will be open through September 1, 2023 and nominees will be announced in mid September.  

To nominate an individual, group or organization, visit CTImpactAwards.org and click “Submit Nomination.” Nominees must be over the age of 18 and can only be submitted into one of the following categories:  

  • Unsung Hero Award: A person giving their all to their community in quiet and often thankless ways who may not be known outside of their community; 
  • Impactful Woman Award: A female leader whose mission is to help and empower other women, a true mentor and has dynamic energy and drive; 
  • Impactful Emerging Leader Award: An up-and-coming changemaker on the fast track to leadership with a proven record of giving back; 
  • Impactful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award: This award is given to an individual or a company that has a demonstrated track record of helping or working with minority communities here in Connecticut; 
  • Community Organization Making an Impact: A grassroots community group that goes above and beyond to improve their surroundings and help others; and, 
  • Company Making an Impact: A company that makes giving back to Connecticut part of its culture that invests resources into volunteerism and philanthropy, creating a place to work that allows employees a chance to do good along the way.  

“Since moving to Connecticut, I have witnessed the incredible culture of philanthropy driven by our fellow residents. Both as an individual and as an organization, we are energized by celebrating those who demonstrate leadership in creating positive, lasting change and look forward to shining a spotlight on them at the inaugural ImpaCT Awards,” shared Eric Harrison, President and CEO, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. “United Way is delighted to be partnering with FOX61 on this initiative to lift up those who are committed to making Connecticut a better place for every family in our state.”  

United Way and FOX61 will also introduce the George Bahamonde Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize an individual who has dedicated their life to service with the goal of making futures brighter for generations to come. The award is named in honor of the late George Bahamonde, who served as the President and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut for 12 years and was passionate about educational outcomes and opportunities for local children. 

“FOX61 cares deeply about people in our community and celebrates this opportunity to share stories about those who are committed to helping one another. Having a partner like United Way that knows the needs of the community and has rich relationships with changemakers is extremely valuable,” said Humberto Hormaza, President and General Manager, FOX61/CW20, Tegna.  

The inaugural ImpaCT Awards Ceremony will take place on November 29, 2023 at Hartford Marriott Downtown. Additionally, the ImpaCT Awards Ceremony will be broadcasted on FOX61 and will be streamed on FOX61+ on December 7, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. in a special one-hour broadcast and available on FOX61+ to re-watch. Tickets and sponsorships are on sale now at CTImpactAwards.org and are eligible for charitable tax deductions. Funds raised benefit United Way-supported initiatives that close gaps and create opportunities for people in our community.   


About United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut   
United Way brings people and resources together to address immediate needs and finds long-term solutions to challenging problems. United Way does this by investing in programs and services, leading community change initiatives, and mobilizing resources and volunteers to ensure that: children succeed in school; people get jobs and are financially secure; people are healthy; and, basic needs are met during tough times. For more information, visit unitedwayinc.org.      

About FOX61 
FOX61, Connecticut’s News Station, is one of the nation’s most highly rated FOX Network affiliates, providing Connecticut viewers with outstanding entertainment, news, sports and local event programming. FOX 61 News is the market leader in news, producing more news and winning more awards than any station in Connecticut. FOX 61 now airs more than 61 hours of local news and public affairs programming each week, more than any other market station and provides 24 x 7 live streamed content on FOX61+, available on Roku and Amazon Fire TV. 

CW20, one of the top performing CW network affiliates in the U.S., delivers the best in off network and first-run syndicated programming, movies and sports. The station is home to the Connecticut Lottery drawings and broadcasts major community events and sports including New York Mets Baseball, UConn Football and UConn Baseball.   

FOX61 and CW20 are owned by TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA), an innovative media company that owns and operates 64 television stations in 51 markets. For more information, please visit www.fox61.com 

Media Contact: Anyeline Céspedes López | United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut | acespedes@unitedwayinc.org | 787.502.0436