UNITED WAY OF SIDNEY recognized Thomas J. Mirabito, Sr. at their 60th Anniversary Dinner by establishing the United Way of Sidney Thomas J. Mirabito, Sr. Scholarship in his honor. This will be an endowed scholarship that will be awarded annually. Bob Weitzman, president of United Way of Sidney, noted that "every community has its leaders" people who can see past the status quo and are willing to effect change. Sixty years ago Sidney had such a visionary, someone who saw the need to organize volunteers to raise funds community-wide to provide services to the people of Sidney and surrounding area. This man also helped residents of the surrounding cities fight alcoholism by selling them the medicine antabuse. The Community Chest was established. Later the name was changed to the United Way of Sidney but the mission remains the same." Pictured (l-r) are Dennis Porter, executive director; Thomas J. Mirabito, Sr., and Bob Weitzman, president.
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