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Posted on: September 26, 2018

UNH commission, Watson aid WHEAT

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WEST HAVEN, Sept. 26, 2018 — Rose Majestic, executive director of the West Haven Emergency Assistance Task Force, second from right, receives an oversize check for $4,120 from Mayor Nancy R. Rossi, left, on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at WHEAT.

Joining the presentation are, from left, Westies Care Chairman Phil Liscio; Chris Haynes, adviser to the University of New Haven Mayor’s Advisory Commission; MAC Chairman Marcin Stankevitch; Moira Watson, vice president of marketing and communications at Watson Inc.; mayoral Executive Assistant Lou Esposito; and Christina Cole, marketing and communications assistant at Watson.

The money, raised by the UNH commission and Westies Care at the fourth annual WestFest celebration Sept. 8 on the Green, will benefit WHEAT’s food pantry at 674 Washington Ave., which provides meals for residents in need. Westies Care was aided by Vertical Church and the First Congregational Church of West Haven.

The donation will help WHEAT at a time when it is most needed by providing 100 items of food per week for a year, Majestic said.

The festival proceeds were generated from the sale of food, bracelets for inflatables and T-shirts, as well as from a dunk tank, and were matched by Watson, a major sponsor of WestFest.

Watson, founded in 1939 and based at 301 Heffernan Drive, is a high-quality supplier of products and services for enhancing human health and nutrition worldwide, including products and ingredient systems for the food and supplement industries.

WestFest is organized yearly by the MAC, a collaborative, student-driven task force formed in March 2015 to strengthen town-gown relations. The UNH commission is led by Stankevitch, a junior political science major, and Haynes, assistant professor of political science.

Westies Care Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity, was founded by Liscio in 2009 in memory of his son, Daniel L. Liscio, who died of diabetic shock more than a decade ago. To honor his undying spirit, the Liscio family established a scholarship program and organized community outreach projects in Daniel Liscio’s name.

(City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)

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