Novelette Peterkin received award at the 2018 LIVE UNITED Celebration


On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at the Congregation B'nai Israel in Bridgeport, CT, the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County honored Novelette Peterkin, Carver's Executive Director, with the annual Elizabeth Roberts "Changing the Odds for Children Award."

The Live United awards are named for a key person in the life of each of the United Ways that came together in 2008 to form today’s United Way of Coastal Fairfield County:  Madison Sayles, United Way of Norwalk & Wilton; Norman Leeds, United Way of Eastern Fairfield County; and Elizabeth Roberts, United Way of Westport-Weston.  A few years after the merger, UWCFC created the August F. Serra Award, also given annually at our Live United Celebration.


Elizabeth G. Roberts, known as Betty by those close to her, was considered by many as the driving force and inspiration of United Way of Westport-Weston.

Here is the list of all of this year's honorees at this annual United Way event..

Award of Distinction
Joseph M. Carbone, President & CEO, The WorkPlace

Bridgeport Prospers Partnership Award
William M. Jennings, President & CEO, Bridgeport Hospital 

Collective Impact Leadership Award
Carmen Colon, Vice President, Bridgeport Ys 

Carla Miklos, Executive Director, Operation Hope

The Elizabeth Roberts "Changing the Odds for Children Award"
Novelette Peterkin, Executive Director, The Carver Foundation of Norwalk 

The Madison Sayles "Neighbors Helping Neighbors Award"
William J. Haas, Ph.D., President & CEO, LifeBridge Community Services 

The August F. Serra "Community Engagement Award for a Lifetime of Excellence in Community Engagement Work Award"
Charles B. Tisdale, Executive Director, Action for Bridgeport Community Development (ABDC) 

The Norman Leeds "Giving Back to the Community Awards"

Tocqueville Level Giving and Engagement
Carla Klein, The Klein Family Foundation 

Chairman's Circle Partnership: Aquarion Water Company; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; GE; People's United Bank; and Pepperidge Farm.