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Polaris 2019

October 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Thursday, October 17
5:00 p.m.
The Bushnell

The Polaris Awards gala is our annual signature fundraising event that recognizes “guiding lights” in our community. Each fall, hundreds of diverse leaders from every sector in the Greater Hartford area come together to support the mission of LGH and recognize honorees who strengthen community, leadership, and connections in our region.


Polaris Award Winners and Nominees

The Leadership Award

Recognizing an individual who embodies the five values of Leadership Greater Hartford: Leadership, Community, Diversity, Engagement, and Collaboration.


Winner: Theresa Goode

Founder and Executive Director of GOODWorks, Inc., a nonprofit organization empowering women recovering from the criminal justice system.

The Community Award

Recognizing an individual, an organization or business committed to the common good and leading the way to make our region more vibrant.


Winner: Goodwin College

A community- and student-centered institution that provides its diverse student body with needed supports to achieve their academic goals and build pathways to successful futures, energizes surrounding neighborhoods with renewed pride, and intentionally integrates the concept of community service into the life of the College.

Connection Award Final Nominees

Community Policing Leadership Institute

A customized intensive training program developed in collaboration with the Hartford Police Department creating dialog, partnerships and enhanced relationships between Hartford Law Enforcement and the communities they serve.

Hunger Task Force, Third Age Initiative, Class 8

A volunteer-based outreach program to assist Foodshare clients applying for SNAP (food stamps) that has resulted in more than 4100 recipients receiving 3.5 million meals and has become a national model.

Leaders on Board

A program that trains prospective candidates and connects them to nonprofits seeking new board members resulting in more than 700 placements on 140 nonprofit boards.


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2019 Polaris Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Copper Sponsors


Connecticut Children’s Medical Center ECSU Eastern Connecticut State University Barker Specialty Company R & D DJ and Event Services
blumshapiro Updike, Kelly & Spellacy University of Hartford Women’s Health Connecticut
  Hospital for Special Care The Town & County Club Nassau Re Marcum LLP  


Charter Oak State College

Heritage Printers

Tzedakah House, LLC



October 17, 2019
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Bushnell
166 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT 06106 United States
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