On Friday, February 23 United Way of Long Island celebrated Project Warmth Night - a special event during the Long Island Nets home game at NYCB, home of the Nassau Veteran Memorial Coliseum, that raised awareness about this essential program for Long Islanders in need, and recognized the key partners that support it. Kicking off the night was Mason, whose family was a recipient of a Project Warmth grant, singing the National Anthem. During a special presentation, National Grid Foundation, National Grid, IBEW Local 1049 and the Long Island Nets were acknowledged for their generosity, and given commemorative awards naming them 'Project Warmth Community Champions'. Employees of National Grid and IBEW Local 1049 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. At the Project Warmth information table, United Way of Long Island Chair of the Board John Durso, along with Mason and his mom Kelly, accepted a grant for Project Warmth from National Grid Foundation for $110,000, which will help ensure that struggling Long Islanders are kept warm in their homes this winter.
Sepcial Thanks to Project Warmth Night Partners:
National Grid Foundation - National Grid - IBEW Local 1049 - Long Island Nets
Thank you to the following lead supporters of Project Warmth: