Unico recently announced Curtis D. Robinson, a leading philanthropist and one of the most successful businessmen in Connecticut, as the organization’s 2018 Gold Medal of Honor winner.

The recognition is Unico’s highest honor and has been awarded annually since 1945 to distinguished citizens in the Southington community. A dinner ceremony will be held for Robinson on Wednesday, May 15 at the Aqua Turf Club.

Besides many successful business ventures, Robinson’s personal mission to help others has had a lasting impact in town. He has provided body camera equipment to the Southington Police Department and supported the K9 memorial, was a key contributor to help restore the chapel at Southington Care Center and provided funds to support a summer lunch program at Wheeler Village.

Robinson’s contributions to the Southington Fire Department helped them purchase specialized breathing equipment to enter structural fires with added safety and donated thousands of dollars to purchase smoke detectors for homes in town. Twice a year he provides gas for underprivileged families and supplies turkeys and groceries to many families through Southington Community Services. He has donated generously to Bread For Life, United Way and the YMCA.

In 2010, Robinson’s $1 million donation launched the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Since then, the Institute has screened more than 3,000 men and saved nearly 40 lives.

Robinson is completing his auto-biography entitled, From the Back of the Bus. The Curtis D. Robinson Story. Curtis and his wife Sheila reside in Plantsville. They have seven children and eighteen grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Tickets to the Gold Medal dinner can be purchased from Unico members or at the office of Fasulo and Albini, CPA’s in Plantsville.