The WorkPlace Annual Awards Ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding students, graduates, employers, volunteers and professionals from programs that The WorkPlace administers across southwestern Connecticut. The ceremony will take place at the Downtown Cabaret Theater in Bridgeport on Thursday, June 27th.

The intent of the ceremony is to recognize personal achievements and people whose life accomplishments may go unrecognized. The list awardees includes individuals who have graduated from WorkPlace programs and now serve as positive role models, employers and businesses that support efforts to promote diversity and lifelong learning, volunteers who dedicate themselves to workforce development programing, and professionals who help to motivate and empower our clients.

The evening will begin with a reception at 5:15 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 6:00 p.m. Loni Lymus, President & CEO, of Service After Service will deliver the keynote address to over 100 award recipients and their invited guests.

In addition to recognizing individuals, awards will be presented to companies and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service to the communities they serve. The Philanthropic Leadership Award will go to Near & Far Aid for their outstanding philanthropic partnership and supporting WorkPlace programs. The President’s Award will go Paul Broadie II, Ph.D., President, of Housatonic Community College for his leadership and dedication to improving lives and the quality of education in Connecticut. Several additional employer partners will be recognized for demonstrating outstanding commitment to workforce development.

Members of the press are welcome to cover the event and speak with award winners and special guests

Loni Lymus, President & CEO, Service After Service
Joseph Carbone, President & CEO, The WorkPlace
Mayor Harry Rillings, City of Norwalk
Senator Dennis Bradley, 23rd District, Bridgeport & Stratford
Paul Broadie II, Ph.D., President, Housatonic Community College
Kim Meier, President, Near & Far Aid

WHAT: The WorkPlace’s Annual Award Ceremony

WHERE: Downtown Cabaret Theater, 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604

WHEN: Thursday, June 27, 2019 – 5:15p.m. reception – 6:00 p.m. program begins

About The WorkPlace

The WorkPlace conducts comprehensive planning and coordinates regional workforce development policy and programs to prepare people for careers while strengthening the workforce for employers. As national leader in the field, The WorkPlace regularly shares ideas and best practices with lawmakers, foundations, think tanks and other workforce development organizations around the country. For more information, visit