WATERBURY — Main Street Waterbury announced that Kristen Jacoby, Woodbury resident and president and CPO of the United Way of Greater Waterbury, will receive the 2020 MSW Community Partnership Award on Wednesday, November 11, at the Palace Theater, 100 East Main St.

The award, created by non-profit MSW, celebrates the leadership and contributions of the late Stephen R. Sasala, former CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber and former president of MSW Board of Directors, and is presented to a commendable individual whose initiative, leadership, and personal commitment embody the spirit of partnership and community involvement.

According to MSW, Ms. Jacoby creates positive change in the areas of education, financial stability, and basic needs, fostering a common vision for the agency and continuously works to meet and exceed United Way’s 13 Membership Requirements and 34 Standards of Excellence.

Prior to her 20-year tenure at United Way, Ms. Jacoby was director of business development and government relations for American Medical Response.

For 10 years, she worked at the American Cancer Society where she received numerous accolades and awards for her work.

Ms. Jacoby earned her bachelor’s degree in English and Communications from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University.

She studied abroad at The City University, London, England and graduated from the Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Executives at Colombia University.

She is married to Dr. Peter Jacoby.

MSW CEO Carl Rosa commented, “Kristen has made a tremendous impact in our community particularly with those most in need. We are a better community because of her hard work and dedication.”

A portion of the program will feature the award of the Stephen R. Sasala II Community Partnership Scholarship to Greater Waterbury area student Madison Lisowski of Prospect.

Ms. Lisowski graduated from Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls in June and finished her fourth year with a 100 GPA.

She is currently attending Marist College majoring in political science and journalism.

During her high school years, she was active in Student Government, DECA and National Honor Society excelling in math and science.

Tickets for the award event will be available after October 1 at the Palace Theater box office, by calling 203-346-2000, or by visiting www.palacetheaterct.org.

A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Stephen R. Sasala Scholarship Fund.

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