Simonsen, Wrang, MARC Community Resources Honored at Annual Meeting

MIDDLETOWN -- Gary Simonsen, retired co-founder and president of PrimePay, was honored with Middlesex United Way’s highest and most prestigious volunteer honor Jan. 29 at the at the organization’s annual meeting. The Community Service Award recognizes an individual for his or her length and continuity of volunteer service to Middlesex United Way.

Simonsen’s involvement with Middlesex United Way is extensive. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2005, serving as president in 2011 and 2012. He chaired the Middlesex United Way campaign in 2007-08 and has served on many Middlesex United Way committees including the Donor Choice Cabinet, the Campaign Cabinet, the Leadership Committee, the Development Council, and the Major Gifts Team. He has also supported the organization’s Loaned Executive recruitment efforts.

William E. Wrang III was also honored at the meeting with the Tocqueville Society Philanthropy Award, recognizing his significant role in inspiring philanthropy. Wrang is a member of the Middlesex United Way Tocqueville Society, recognizing philanthropic leaders who make an extraordinary contribution of $10,000 or more annually.

Wrang, now executive vice president of Webster Bank, first got involved with United Way in 1997 when he served as Treasurer for Aetna’s United Way Campaign. He also served as Vice Chairman and Chairman for Webster Bank’s United Way Campaigns in 2000 and 2001 respectively.

He has served on various committees including Finance, Endow­ment, Executive, Development Council and Tocqueville Society. Bill has been Chair of the Endowment and Finance committees and the Campaign Cabinet. He also served as Treasurer of the Board from 2001-04, First Vice President in 2006 and 2007 and Board President in 2008 and 2009. Wrang was honored with Middlesex United Way’s Community Service Award in 2010.

MARC Community Resources will received the Community Impact Award in recognition of the organization’s outstanding commitment to improving lives and community conditions. MARC Community Resources empowers adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to realize their dreams and make choices about their lives.

To honor and help fulfill these dreams, MARC provides people with choices for housing, employment, and social/recreational life. MARC Community Resources has advocated for the rights of people with disabilities since 1955. In that year, eight Middletown families worked tirelessly to inform the public about the educational needs of their children. Slowly they opened doors not only for their own children but also for many others who today attend school like any other child. They also opened minds, prompting communities to become more inclusive of people with disabilities. Today, MARC Community Resources has grown into a multi-faceted organization with 100 paid staff, serving more than 200 adults and children with disabilities in residential, employment, vocational, leisure and self-advocacy programs.