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2010 United Way campaign surpasses $1.6 million goal

Annual campaign luncheon and awards ceremony recognizes efforts

February 11, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Jenny Fleming calls out awards Friday at United Way's annual campaign luncheon and awards ceremony in Valley Mall. The numeric balloons represent the pledged contributions for 2011: $1,605,497.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

The number-shaped balloons above the stage told the story — the 2010 United Way of Washington County campaign had risen above expectations.

More than 100 business people, volunteers and partner agency representatives gathered Friday in the Valley Mall concourse outside the Bon-Ton in Hagerstown for the annual campaign luncheon and awards ceremony.

They learned that the campaign, chaired by Roger Stenessen and Carolyn Brooks, raised $1,605,497 for its 26 partner agencies.

"It means we hit our goal" of $1.6 million, said Addie Nardi, the United Way's director of resource development.

The 2009 campaign raised more than $1.5 million but, in a tough economy, fell short of the $1.8 million goal.

"The world is run by people who show up," said United Way Executive Director Leah Gayman, quoting the late Hagerstown businessman Michael G. Callas who was active in a number of philanthropic efforts.

This year's Michael G. Callas Award for Campaign Excellence was presented to Kathy Getty, Patrick Flickinger, Bonnie Courtney and Michael Hough of Susquehanna Bank. The company has been a 10-year participant in the Day Of Caring and rejuvenated its employee campaign in 2010.

A double award-winner was Citi, with Dawn Sweitzer accepting the Leadership Giving Award and the Chairmen's Performance Award on behalf of the company. Citi raised the most money in the campaign, about $340,000, Gayman said.

Heather Guessford of Kaplan University was presented the Employee Campaign Coordinator Award. The university was a new Day of Caring team member this year and, Guessford said, it increased giving by 320 percent over the previous year.

"We increased our campaign by getting out to all the teachers and all the faculty and educating them about what the United Way is and where the money goes," Guessford said.

Organizations from the American Red Cross to the YMCA receive financial support from the United Way.

One of the United Way's major projects is the annual Day of Caring. In October more than 800 volunteers donated 4,800 hours to 77 project sites, making repairs and improvements and doing other tasks for the elderly and disabled, Community Impact Director Jenny Fleming said.

The Robert T. Barnhart Day of Caring Award for Service Excellence was presented to Triad Engineering.

Other awards included:

  • United Way Campaign Spirit Awards: Rich Daughtridge of High Rock Studios and Leitersburg Cinemas, Ruff Fitness, Hagerstown Community College, Kaplan University, Citi Campaign Committee, Wright Gardner Insurance, Cinetic Landis and Horizon Goodwill Industries.
  • Outstanding Achievement Awards for increasing giving by 15 percent or more: 101.5 Bob Rocks, Big Brother Big Sisters, Cinetic Landis, Community Action Council, Head Start of Washington County, Horizon Goodwill Industries, Allegheny Energy, Wright Gardner Insurance, Plamondon Companies, Brethren Mutual Insurance, FlexAmerica, Food Resources, Manpower Inc., Martin's on Dual Highway, Rayloc, Target, Tower Bank, UPS, Save-a-Lot, Washington County Museum of Fine Art and Wells Fargo.
  • Day of Caring Spirit Awards: Albright Crumbacker Moul & Itell, Citi, First Data, Kaplan University, Otterbein United Methodist Church, Paul Crampton Jr., Valley Mall, Volvo Powertrain, Washington County government.

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