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United Way celebrates end of campaign

February 18, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN -- Celebration was the order of the day Friday for the United Way of Washington County's 50th anniversary campaign finale at Cortland Manor.

Companies, volunteers and others who helped raise more than $1.9 million for the 2007 campaign were honored at the finale.

Tom Newcomer and John Barr, campaign co-chairmen for 2007, waved the ceremonial checkered flag signifying the race to raise funds for the 25-member agencies had been won.

The Washington County Health System won the Michael G. Callas Award for its support of the campaign and passion for the United Way's mission, leading to increased campaign participation and awareness.

A longtime United Way campaign leader, Callas died May 31, 2004.

Brad O'Connor took home the first Campaign Coordinator of the Year Award.

"He leads with his heart and gets his hands dirty," campaign director Leah Gayman said.

O'Connor led the campaign drive at Citi, which won the Chairman's Performance Award for contributing the largest amount to the campaign.

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Spirit awards went to Callas Contractors, First Data, Washington County Public Schools and Sharrett Inc.

Winners of the spirit award were Julie Barr-Strasburg of the American Red Cross; David Elliott, human resources director of The Herald-Mail Co.; and Bob Rankin, a longtime United Way volunteer.

All 25 of the United Way's partner agencies also received spirit awards.

Allegheny Energy, American Red Cross, Brook Lane, Callas Contractors, Commission on Aging, Community Free Clinic, Community Foundation, DOT Foods, Ellsworth Electric, FedEx Ground, First United Bank and Trust, Girls Inc., Hobart, J.C. Penney, Kaplan College, NBC25, Redland Brick, Sharrett Inc., The Herald-Mail, Wachovia Securities and Washington County Health System received outstanding achievement awards for increasing donations by 20 percent or more.

At the close of the luncheon, Tim Henry and Noel Williams were introduced as the 2008 United Way campaign chairmen.

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