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Sponsored by Naugatuck Valley Community College Foundation

Fourth Annual Leadership Breakfast

'Community Leadership Supporting Education'

The Fourth Annual NVCC Leadership Breakfast -
Thursday, May 4, 2023

Consider partnering with the NVCC Foundation by sponsoring this signature event. You will be sending a strong message of support and commitment to the success of NVCC students and future leaders of our community.

Your generosity supports the educational needs of Naugatuck Valley Community College students, including scholarships, emergency services, and food pantry.

SPONSORS 2023

SIGNATURE
CHARLES E. PAGANO, JR.
     Chair, NVCC Foundation

GOLD
LINDE
RBC BEARINGS
SAVINGS BANK OF DANBURY

SILVER
BLASIUS AUTO GROUP
CLICK BOND, INC.
DASILVA REALTY
POST UNIVERSITY
THOMASTON SAVINGS BANK
VISION ENGINEERING INC.
WATERBURY HEALTH


BRONZE

CHARLOTTE HUNGERFORD HOSPITAL
DAVIS CONSULTING GROUP, LLC
EVERSOURCE
LISA DRESDNER, Ph.D.
     Chief Executive Officer, NVCC
LA BELLA VISTA AND SAN MARINO
                    RISTORANTE
MONTAGNO INSURANCE, INC.
NORTHWEST CT PUBLIC SAFETY
     COMMUNICATIONS CENTER, INC.
SPARTAN RESTAURANT & BAR
SAINT MARY'S HOSPITAL
      TRINITY HEALTH
TORRINGTON SAVINGS BANK
UNIVERSAL COPY, LLC
WEBSTER PRIVATE BANK

Fourth Annual Leadership Breakfast

“Leadership Supporting Education”

Date and Time: Thursday, May 4, 2023
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
La Bella Vista, 380 Farmwood Road, Waterbury, CT

$200 Patron ticket*
$65 General ticket

*Seating at preferred table and name listed in event program

To purchase tickets click here.
Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, April 21, 2023.

If you have any questions please contact the Development Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 203-575-8045.

Your generosity supports the educational needs of Naugatuck Valley Community College students, including scholarships, emergency services, and food pantry. 

Keynote Speakers

MAYOR DEAN ESPOSITO

The Honorable Mayor Dean Esposito 

Having grown up in Danbury, Mayor Esposito attended Danbury public schools and graduated from Danbury High School in 1979. Mayor Esposito was elected as City Councilman for five terms, and served as Town Clerk from 2003 to 2005.

In 2006, Mayor Mark D. Boughton named Mayor Esposito as the Director of Consumer Protection and Sealer of Weights. Mayor Esposito was then appointed to the position of Community Services Coordinator for the Boughton Administration, and ultimately promoted to Chief of Staff, a role he continued for Mayor Joseph Cavo.

Mayor Esposito is proud to continue his family's legacy of service. His grandfather Louis was president of the Hatters Union for over 30 years. Mayor Esposito's father Donald was elected to serve as a state representative for Danbury's 110th District.

Mayor Esposito is married to his wife Sharon of 30 years, and they have two adult children; Chloe and Chase.

Mayor Esposito focuses on preserving a superior quality of life for our residents and stakeholders through the implementation of efficient and effective municipal services.

MAYOR NEIL M. O'LEARY

The Honorable Mayor Neil M. O'Leary

Mayor O'Leary joined the Waterbury Police Department in 1980 and rose through the ranks, becoming Chief of Police in 2004. Chief O'Leary served in that role until his retirement in 2009. Following his retirement, he was recruited by the town of Wolcott, Connecticut to serve as Police Chief to help rebuild the management structure and modernize the department. In 2011, O'Leary stepped down from this role to successfully run for Mayor of the City of Waterbury, taking office in December 2011.

Mayor O'Leary's career has been marked by a deep commitment to Waterbury with a "can­do" attitude to effect positive change through collaboration and co mm unity building. As Police Chief of Waterbury, his innovative and aggressive approach to law enforcement has been credited with steadily decreasing the city's crime rate. In 2004, then-Police Chief O'Leary founded the new Waterbury Police Activities League (PAL), which has become a national model for police prevention and service. Developed to serve inner-city at-risk youth by providing educational and athletic opportunities, the organization has grown from a membership of 100 youths to over 4,000 today. Under O'Leary's guidance, a campus-like PAL facility has been built and now includes a renovated former school building for after-school programs, a recreation facility, and boxing center. With the help and support of community partners, a nearby brownfield has been remediated and has been transformed into a park and recreational fields.

In 2007, O'Leary's career in law enforcement received national attention. His tenacity in standing by a local rape victim, known to the public only as "Jane Doe," and ultimately solving the crime eleven years later, became the focus of an NBC Dateline report originally aired that year. Mayor O'Leary now serves on the Board of Directors of "Jane Doe No More," a nonprofit founded by Donna Palomba to "improve the way society responds to victims of sexual assault."

O'Leary's commitment to community extends beyond law enforcement to encompass a holistic and grass-roots approach to community building. In 2009, he became a commissioner on the City's Board of Education, with the goal of identifying new and innovative approaches to public education that would help raise the City's educational attainment rates. Upon becoming Mayor in 2011, O'Leary's earlier efforts came to fruition, with the opening of three new pre-K through 8th grade elementary schools, and the Waterbury Career Academy High School.

Since his first day in office, Mayor O'Leary has stressed renewed accountability and responsibility at the government level to help forge new community partnerships and renew community trust. Responding to neighborhood concerns with blighted housing and vacant lots, O'Leary coalesced neighborhood groups and community leaders and launched a comprehensive anti-blight initiative with mutual tasks and responsibilities. The initiative has resulted in an aggressive approach to blight and litter enforcement, increased demolition of substandard housing, new data collection standards and stronger community partnerships. Using a similar approach to park maintenance concerns, O'Leary developed a summer youth corps that worked with Park Department staff to systematically address  routine maintenance issues throughout the City's park system. He also enlisted Waterbury officially in the national "Cities of Service" coalition, which uses citizen service as a serious strategy to address pressing local challenges.

Partnership, community building and improved quality of life have also been key to O'Leary's early success in stimulating economic development in the City. Balancing the budget, achieving an annual surplus and personally visiting the major rating agencies in New York and Boston, to convince them to raise the City's bond rating to A+ have been the hallmarks of O'Leary's financial acumen and his determination to keep the City's financial foundation strong. Working with the state and federal government, he has also championed an aggressive and successful brownfield corridor redevelopment program that is reclaiming old industrial sites along the river-rail spine of the City, the site of an alternative transportation riverfront greenway.

Mayor O'Leary believes Waterbury has the right mixture of natural assets, strategic location, strong neighborhoods, financial stability and innovative leadership to position itself for sustainable growth. He is making that happen.

Keynote Speakers

PETER J. JACOBY, MD, FACEP

Peter J. Jacoby, MD, FACEP

Dr. Peter Jacoby is the Medical Director of the Wound Center at Saint Mary’s Hospital and the Past Chairman of Emergency Medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, CT. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and at the Department of Medical Sciences of the Frank H Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. He is a past winner of the Phil Stent award given annually to the Emergency Physician of the Year in Connecticut, and a past recipient of the ACEP Council Meritorious Service Award as well as the Collin C. Rorrie award given for his work in Healthcare Policy. He is also a past winner of the Frederic and Lucy Kellogg Award presented by the United Way of Greater Waterbury. He was named by ACEP as one of its “Heroes of Emergency Medicine” in celebration of its 40th year as well as a “Healthcare Hero” by the Connecticut Hospital Association. Dr. Jacoby is a past Council Speaker of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of NEMPAC (National Emergency Medicine Political Action Committee). He is a member of the Board of Directors of Wellmore, a member of the Board of Directors of the NVCC Foundation and the Past Chairman of the Palace Theater Board in Waterbury and a Past President of the Trustees of the Connecticut Community Foundation. His hobbies include travel, photography and cooking. He is married to Kristen Jacoby and together they reside in Woodbury, CT.

Event Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Application Deadline:  April 17, 2023

Signature Sponsorship
$10,000

  • VIP table at signature event
  • 10 seats at VIP table - option to have an NVCC student join your table
  • Opportunity to speak at event
  • Full page ad in our program book
  • Signage at the breakfast
  • Featured in NVCC press release and on NVCC website
  • Promotion through social media outlets
  • $9,350 is eligible for tax deduction*

Platinum Sponsorship
$7,500

  • 10 seats at Platinum Sponsor table - option to have NVCC student join your table
  • Full page ad in our program book
  • Signage at the breakfast
  • Featured in NVCC press release and on NVCC website
  • Promotion through social media outlets
  • $6,850 is eligible for tax deduction*

Gold Sponsorship
$5,000

  • 10 seats at Gold Sponsor table - option to have NVCC student join your table
  • Half page ad in our program book
  • Featured in NVCC press release and on NVCC website
  • Promotion through social media outlets
  • $4,350 is eligible for tax deduction*

Silver Sponsorship
$3,000

  • 10 seats at Silver Sponsor table - option to have NVCC student join your table
  • Quarter page ad in our program book
  • Featured in NVCC press release and on NVCC website
  • Promotion through social media outlets
  • $2,350 is eligible for tax deduction*

Bronze Sponsorship 
$1,500

  • 10 seats at Bronze Sponsor table - option to have NVCC student join your table
  • Business card ad in our program book
  • Featured in NVCC press release and on NVCC website
  • Promotion through social media outlets
  • $850 is eligible for tax deduction*

*NVCC Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization; your donation is tax-exempt to the extent allowed by law.

Event Tickets

Ticket purchase deadline:  April 21, 2023

Table of Ten
$650

  • 10 Seats at a preferred table - option of having an NVCC student join your table
  • Donor’s name on Table
  • Donor listed in program book

Patron Ticket
$200

  • 1 Seat at a preferred table
  • Name listed in program book
  • $100 is eligible for tax deduction*

General Ticket
$65

  • 1 ticket for general seating

*NVCC Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization; your donation is tax-exempt to the extent allowed by law.

Past Event Highlights

The inaugural NVCC Foundation Leadership Breakfast was held in April of 2018 and featured George Bodenheimer, former Chair, President and Executive Chairman of ESPN as the keynote speaker. Mr. Bodenheimer’s experiences as he rose from the mailroom to the boardroom were the foundation of his leadership style and success at ESPN and proved insightful and inspirational to event attendees.

The 2019 featured speaker was Adam Grossman, Executive Vice President/Chief Marketing Office of the Boston Red Sox. Adam spoke of leadership attributes that helped him navigate the diverse agendas of the executive offices and the athletes. Adam also discussed the work of the Red Sox Foundation and how, with the help of fans and players, the foundation has served as vehicle for transformation and positive change in the community. 

Our 2022 breakfast welcomed Bob Ley, Emmy Award Winning ESPN Host of Outside the Lines and E:60. Bob discussed starting his career at a young age working at a local cable station, his education and his career at ESPN covering historic events through the framework of sports.  

The Naugatuck Valley Community College Foundation mission is to raise funds and promote awareness to support the mission of Naugatuck Valley Community College. Attendees of this signature event will be sending a strong message of support and commitment to the success of Naugatuck Valley Community College students and future leaders of the community.

About NVCC's Foundation

With a 50-year history of supporting the college’s strategic initiatives through fundraising and community outreach, the NVCC Foundation supports the needs of the college through facilitating student scholarships, capital improvements, college programs, and student emergencies. The financial needs of the college cannot be met through tuition and state support alone; NVCC works with the community and businesses to ensure our students have an opportunity to succeed in today’s workforce.