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Employees honored for leadership in Webster's United Way campaign

(10/27/10) — Eight Webster Bank employees were honored Oct. 26 for their outstanding leadership during Webster's 2010 Employee Community Campaign for the United Way.


A United Way Campaign Thank You Reception and Awards Ceremony was held at Webster’s New Britain, Conn., facility to celebrate the work done by all the volunteer organizers and coordinators of the campaign.


The United Way is Webster’s primary philanthropy due to the broad safety net of human services that it provides. Webster’s 2010 Employee Community Campaign for the United Way includes several one-time fundraisers over the course of the summer and fall, which are designed to raise awareness about the United Way and lead up to Webster’s annual three-week online employee pledge campaign.


The following employees were honored Oct. 26 for their extraordinary efforts:


  • Katherine E. Banalewicz, vice president and market manager who oversees retail operations for 11 Webster branches located along a corridor between Pawtucket, R.I. and Boston, received the campaign’s Chairman’s Award. The Chairman’s Award honors an individual for his or her creative and energizing approach to supporting and achieving the campaign’s goal, particularly as it relates to the series of United Way fundraisers Webster held throughout the summer and fall. Webster’s United Way Campaign Chairman, Bob Twomey, Webster’s regional president for Massachusetts and Rhode Island, selected Banalewicz for the award;
  • Lisa Casper, senior vice president, group financial officer in Webster’s Finance Department, Dorothy Dieobi, treasury sales representative, Joyce Petrisko, assistant vice president, public affairs, Elizabeth Soncrant, human resources service program specialist, and Jennifer Zbell, vice president, marketing analytics, each received the campaign’s Coordinator Award for the creativity and energy they put into their campaign “hub site” meeting in Waterbury, Conn. Hub site meetings are held to raise employee awareness about the United Way campaign at Webster’s various hub sites across Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York.
  • Robert Cardascia, human resources information systems analyst, and Timothy Murray, learning and development program manager, received the Campaign Award, which honors individuals whose creativity and energy had a substantial impact on multiple aspects of the campaign.


In photo, left to right: Bob Twomey, Kathy Banalewicz, Joyce Petrisko, Dorothy Dieobi, Elizabeth Soncrant, Tim Murray, and Robert Cardascia.