Sikorsky Aircraft employees and top fundraisers for Relay For Life of East Hartford arrived via the company’s helicopter Saturday at Rentschler Field where they joined nearly 500 other employees from the divisions of its parent company, United Technologies Corp. Sikorsky employee teams raised more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society, part of the more than $250,000 raised by all of UTC divisions at Relay For Life of East Hartford. Pictured after the landing at Rentschler Field are, from left: Erin Streit, Sikorsky’s Human Resource Manager; Beth Amato, UTC’s Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Organization and executive champion of Relay For Life of East Hartford; Christine Petranchuk, Sikorsky’s Director of Human Resources; Christine O’Sullivan, Sikorsky’s Supply Chain Manager; Matthew Buxbaum, Sikorsky’s Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis; and Kristen Stewart, Sikorsky’s Software and Avionics Engineer.
I was barely paying attention to the new season of “American Idol” Wednesday night but caught the words “East Hartford, CT” and that grabbed me.
It appears Connecticut has a celebrity in the making. East Hartford’s Ashlee Feliciano more than impressed the four judges and is headed to Hollywood, and I suspect beyond when it comes to being a serious contender on the reality talent show.
Besides her poise and talent, (Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae) best thing about the 20-year-old? What appears to be a rock-solid family who besides their three biological children, includes four “medically comples” foster children as well. Seemed to be lots of love there.
And have to say I loved it when judge Randy Jackson insisted on bringing the whole family in for a little meet-and-greet.
Going forward, suspect this will be a shades of Katie Stevens, the Middlebury teen from Season Nine of the show, who caused a happy stir in the state finishing eighth overall.
And did you catch Madison contestant Erin Christine Prestileo?