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Former Danbury Hospital CEO Honored As United Way Hometown Hero

From left, Sen. Chris Murphy with Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Frank Kelly, former president and CEO of Danbury Hospital/Danbury Health Systems.
From left, Sen. Chris Murphy with Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Frank Kelly, former president and CEO of Danbury Hospital/Danbury Health Systems. Photo Credit: Facebook

DANBURY, Conn. -- Former Danbury Hospital CEO Frank Kelly has been named a Hometown Hero Award honoree by the United Way of Western Connecticut. 

Kelly is the retired president and CEO of Danbury Hospital and Danbury Health Systems, where he served for more than 20 years. Beyond his professional achievements, Kelly has quietly made numerous contributions to make Bridgewater a special place to live. 

For nearly 15 years, Kelly has generously given his time and expertise to Bridgewater Congregational Church, including service on the board of trustees and the personnel and pledge committees. In 2016, Kelly will take on the role of moderator, who fosters communication among church boards and committees. 

Kelly has also been an active member of the Burnham Library since 2013, where he serves as vice president of the board, chairman of its finance committee and member of its budget committee. Kelly is a volunteer for the Friends of the Library’s annual O Silent Night fundraiser. 

Kelly is also the drummer in an eight-member rock band, Roots Rock Revue, that has been performing sold-out concerts since 2009 at venues in Litchfield and Fairfield Counties. Proceeds from their concerts help fund the Bridgewater Congregational Church and its various community programs. 

Kelly’s service to United Way has spanned decades. As a United Way volunteer, committee member and board member, Kelly has always been a champion of United Way's commitment to the community. Since 2014, he led United Way’s health initiative. In this volunteer role, Kelly elevated United Way’s 5-2-1-0 message in the greater Danbury community through engagement with preschools, the school system and local doctors’ offices. His passion for promoting education to prevent childhood obesity drives his work at United Way.

United Way of Western Connecticut will honor Kelly and the other heroes at its third annual Hometown Heroes Benefit Dinner at The Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury on Saturday, Feb. 27.

All the honorees distinguished themselves through philanthropy and volunteerism.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Sonia Manzano, author and actress who inspired, educated, and delighted children and families as "Maria" on "Sesame Street" for more than 30 years.

A first generation American of Latino descent, her story is one of perseverance and courage as she overcame countless obstacles to become one of the most influential Latinas in television.

The event will include dinner and dancing, as well as silent and live auctions. The evening will be emceed by NFL stadium announcer, John Heffernan. Proceeds from this event will benefit UWWC’s work in support of ALICE families throughout Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties.

For further information on the United Way event and to purchase tickets and sponsorships, visit its website or contact Stacy Schulman at or 203-792-5330 ext. 247.

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