A special night on the court at the LI Nets game

By Wendy Ladd

United Way of Long Island partnered with the Long Island Nets on Friday, February 23 for Project Warmth Night. This special event raised awareness about the essential program for Long Islanders in need, and recognized the key funding partners, National Grid Foundation, National Grid, IBEW Local 1049 as well as the Long Island Nets held at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Project Warmth is Long Island’s emergency heating fund available all winter as a safety net for individuals and families who are unable to pay their heating bill. This year more than 1,600 children and adults stayed warmer after receiving emergency heating assistance.

There was a special on-court presentation acknowledging National Grid Foundation, National Grid, IBEW Local 1049 and the Long Island Nets for their generosity, and recognizing them as “Project Warmth Community Champions”. Over 60 National Grid and IBEW Local 1049 employees filled the stands, and gave a standing ovation when one of their own, U.S. Navy veteran and current National Grid employee Juan Santiago was honored as the Veteran of the Game. Juan just returned from working a month in Puerto Rico, restoring power to 4,000 residents. (Coming soon is Juan’s personal account of his experience in Puerto Rico).

(pictured left to right) Alton Byrd, Vice President of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets, Ronald Bauer, United Way Board member and Business Manager of IBEW Local 1049, and Bob DeMarinis, United Way Board member and Vice President of Gas Operations and Construction at National Grid, accept their Project Warmth Community Champion Awards from John R. Durso, United Way Board Chair and President of Local 338 RWDSU.UFCW & LI Federation of Labor

 

Juan Santiago featured as the Veteran of the Game

“For many years, National Grid has been a proud supporter of United Way’s Project Warmth,” added Bob DeMarinis, United Way Board member and Vice President of Gas Operations and Construction at National Grid. “It is our responsibility to help ensure that Long Islanders stay warm during the winter, and through this partnership we are able to keep our neighbors who are in need out of the cold. It was a tremendous honor to be part of this year’s Project Warmth Night, receiving the Community Champion Award and seeing our employee Juan Santiago featured as the Veteran of the Game was a true testament to the power of this program and the lives that it touches.”

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