TAUNTON - More than two dozen local businesses were honored Tuesday for their donations to the United Way of Greater Attleboro-Taunton during the agency's 70th annual meeting and 2011 campaign awards celebration at the Holiday Inn Taunton.

United Way President and CPO Dianne Richardson said $2.28 million was raised in the last fiscal year to help needy area residents, despite a sluggish economic recovery.

Treasurer Karen Girczyc projected that community impact grants would total $1,027 million for the 2013 fiscal year, and $10,000 in additional efforts would support the South Coast Network to End Homelessness program.

Among the platinum level award recipients were Barrows Insurance Agency, Checon Corp., Matrix Metal Products and Taunton Federal Credit Union.

Gold-level recipients were Larson Tool & Stamping Co., Mason Box Co. and The Arc of Bristol County.

Included in silver-level recipients were Beta Community Partnerships, Bristol County Savings Bank, Sensata Technologies and LeStage Manufacturing.

Richardson also recognized recently recruited executives to the South Coast Network to End Homelessness, which included Attleboro Mayor Kevin Dumas, Taunton Mayor Thomas Hoye, Fall River Mayor William Flanagan and New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell.

"This sends the community a resounding message of hope and allegiance to improving conditions considered to be the most intricate, uncomfortable and unappealing issues in our society - the ones without a quick fix," Richardson said.

Richardson thanked volunteers, donors and the United Way board for behind-the-scenes work that made the agency run smoothly.

"We have grown, expanded, merged and morphed over many years, but are still rooted in our founding values and missions," Richardson said. "Seventy years and going strong, we remain passionate, committed and focused on our mission of improving people's lives by uniting the caring power of communities and advancing the common good."

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