The Housatonic Community College Foundation has announced this year’s Distinguished Citizen Award Recipient is Michael E. Niedermeier, retired partner at BlumShapiro and a long-time resident of Trumbull.

The Foundation’s “Distinguished Citizen” Luncheon for 2014 will be held on March 13 at the Beacon Hall Events Center at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport.

The Foundation also announced the Luncheon Chairman is Michael LaBella, Market President of TD Bank and also a resident of Trumbull.

The goal of the luncheon is to recognize community leaders who have positively impacted the lives of others, have flourished within their professional industry, and have supported education within their communities.

Sponsorship opportunities range from $1,000 to $25,000 with individual seats at $100. All proceeds from the event support the students at Housatonic Community College, either through scholarships, book purchases, or programs within the Foundation designed to promote scholarship success.

During his long and distinguished career, Michael E. Niedermeier provided accounting, auditing and consulting services to clients in the construction, real estate, manufacturing, distribution, technology and professional service industries for BlumShapiro and other respected firms. He served as BlumShapiro’s partner-in-charge in Southern Connecticut until 2011. He is active in community service.

Michael LaBella has been the Connecticut Market President for TD Bank since 2009 and manages the bank’s four regional offices in Wilton, New Haven, New Britain and Hartford. He is responsible for managing the growth in market share throughout the State by providing a full range of financial services products.

LaBella is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, The Work Place, Inc., St. Catherine's Academy, Leadership New Haven, and the Business Council of Southern Connecticut. He holds a BS in Finance and an MBA.

For more details on sponsorship of this event or the mission of the Housatonic Community College Foundation, please go to www.hcc.commnet.edu/hccf.