Joel and Nancy Becker of Torrington Supply Company

The Mattatuck Museum will be honoring Joel and Nancy Becker with the Brass Button Award on Thursday, October 4, 2012. The award ceremony, sponsored by the American Savings Foundation and Webster Bank, will be held at the Waterbury Country Club at One Oronoke Road in Waterbury, CT from 6:00-8:30 p.m. The event will include a reception and light dinner, remarks by the museum and close friends of the Beckers and the presentation of the award. The Brass Button Award recognizes outstanding contributions of individuals in the greater Waterbury area who are dedicated to the cultural and social enrichment of their community.

Joel and Nancy Becker continued the family business and are owners of Torrington Supply Company in Waterbury. They have been great advocates of Waterbury and the region and are actively engaged in the city’s civic and cultural life. Through Torrington Supply Company the family has been recognized in the past for their work in the community with the United Way Spirit of Excellence Award and the Connecticut Community Foundation Traurig Family Award for Philanthropy.

“The Mattatuck Museum is proud to honor Joel and Nancy Becker and is grateful for their acceptance of the Brass Button Award,” says museum board member Lynnette Letsky-Piombo. “We applaud the work that the Beckers are doing in our community and appreciate their support of the arts.”

Joel Becker is a graduate of Rutgers University and received a Master’s of Science from the University of Connecticut. He joined Torrington Supply Company in 1975 and became CEO & COB in 1990. Joel has since served as a board member for many industry organizations including the Connecticut Business & Industry Association as well for many non-profit organizations including the Waterbury YMCA, Naugatuck Valley Development Corporation (Waterbury Development Corp) and the Greater Waterbury United Way. He also serves as the Director on many company boards including Hubbard-Hall Inc. and Webster Financial Corp. Joel has been awarded both the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige Community Award and the Fredrick & Lucy Kellogg Award.

A graduate of Connecticut College, Nancy Becker received her M.A. from Columbia and has worked at Torrington Supply since 1987. She is very active in the community and serves on the board of directors for the Palace Theater and Post College Foundation. Nancy is a past board member of the United Way, Chase Collegiate School, the Jewish Federation and Jewish Federation Foundation and the Connecticut Community Foundation.

“This year’s Brass Button Award could not go to a more deserving recipient,” says Museum Director Bob Burns. “The Beckers are passionate about Waterbury and making it a socially and culturally rich community. They work tirelessly with many organizations to improve the quality of life for the people of this city and the surrounding region. We are proud to call them a friend of the museum and honor them with this award.”

Tickets for this event are $75 per person. To make reservations please contact the museum at (203) 753-0381 ext 10 or go to the events section of the website at

Visit or call (203) 753-0381 for more information on all of the museum’s adult and children’s programs, events and exhibits. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a group of sixteen world-class museums and historic sites ( Located at 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Free parking is located behind the building on Park Place.