The Cape and Islands United Way will present the second annual Visionary Award to Shawn DeLude,
owner of Nauset Disposal and well-known community philanthropist.
Sponsored this year by Today Real Estate, the Visionary Award recognizes an individual who “doesn’t
see things as they are, but what they could be.” It will be presented at the Best Night annual gala, held
this year on June 27 at the Pelham House Resort in Dennisport. This major fund-raising event celebrates the community impact of the Cape and Islands United Way and its nonprofit partners.
DeLude, a resident of East Orleans, has been a long-time supporter of the organization, serving on the board for many years. Nauset Disposal has been and continues to be a major sponsor and supporter.
“There was really no question when we began consideration for this year’s recipient,” said Mark Skala,
president and CEO of the Cape and Islands United Way. “Shawn is a true visionary. What he has done
to grow his company is truly inspiring, and he has always considered his responsibility to the
community in doing so. He is a leading contributor to the United Way, and so many other causes in our community. We are lucky to have him among our supporters.”
DeLude said he was honored by the recognition, but typical of him , he deflected the credit to his team.
“I couldn’t do it without them. I’m honored to be associated with the Cape and Islands United Way,” he said.
Last year’s Best Night event was virtual and honored Tony Shepley with the inaugural Visionary Award.
This year’s event, with limited capacity, will begin at 5:30 and includes a cocktail reception, musical
entertainment, a live auction and a “fund-a-need” pledge appeal.
All proceeds benefit the work of the Cape and Islands United Way, collaborating and connecting to help solve issues around housing, financial stability, education, health and food security.
To learn more about the Cape and Islands United Way, visit capeandislandsuw.org