UNION COUNTY, NJ - United Way of Greater Union County will present Ravenell Williams, President and CEO of the Plainfield YMCA, with the 2018 Dell Raudelunas award at its 2018 Annual Celebration event on June 13.

Williams has held this position at the Plainfield YMCA for nearly ten years; however, his career with the organization spans over 40 years, beginning as a Program Director for the Madison YMCA.  He has spent 15 years in Branch Executive Director positions, most notably in Newark; New York City's West Side YMCA and Huntington YMCA on Long Island. His first President/CEO position was at the Tarrytown YMCA in Tarrytown NY, and would later serve five years as CEO of the Camp Speers YMCA in Dingmans Ferry, PA.

Williams has dedicated himself to providing needed community services through the YMCA. He has implemented and administered comprehensive foster care programs, emergency shelters, after-school child care programs, residential and day camps, youth employment training programs, as well as aquatics, fitness and sports programs.

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“For his leadership and service to those in need, we are proud to be presenting Mr. Ravenell Williams with the 2018 Dell Raudelunas Award,” said James Horne, President and CEO at United Way of Greater Union County

Dolores (Dell) Raudelunas was the President/CEO of United Way of Greater Union County and a valuable nonprofit leader to the community she served.  UWGUC’s signature award is given to individuals who demonstrate exceptional commitment to community service in the non-profit sector. Much like the spirit of Dell, individuals chosen for this award demonstrate outstanding ability in working together with a cross-section of partners to create lasting changes in Union County.

The 2018 Annual Celebration will be held at the Gran Centurions in Clark on Wednesday, June 13th from 6 to 9 p.m.  Williams will be among 16 honorees including, the Honorable Sergio Granados, Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, recipient of the Community Impact Trailblazer award; Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, of the 20th Legislative District, recipient of the Champions for the Common Good award and; Charles and Mary Goodfellow, recipients of the Legacy of Service award.  

Sponsors of the event include C.R. Bard, Lindabury, McCormick Estabrook & Cooper, PC; Merck; Roselle Savings Bank; NuStar Energy; Enterprise; Elizabethtown Gas; Northfield Bank; Infineum; Comcast and PSEG.  Activities to commemorate the event will be a silent auction and Celebration Journal. 

Tickets are now on sale until June 1 and can be purchased at www.uwguc.org/2018-annual-celebration or for more information, please contact Melanie McLaurin, Director of Marketing at 908.353.7171. 

About United Way of Greater Union County

United Way of Greater Union County fights for the education, financial stability, health and family strengthening of residents in Union County, North Plainfield and South Plainfield.  Since 1969, UWGUC has been working to improve the lives of the residents by collaborating with nonprofit agencies, businesses, government officials, individuals, and volunteers to create positive sustainable change in the community.  Today, United Way is a preeminent community-based leader, partner, and investment choice in these communities, serving 40 non-profit agencies and four Family Success Centers in the county.  

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