Horizon Goodwill Industries chief recognized by United Way

June 16, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER |
  • Craig M. MacLean, executive director and chief executive officer of Horizon Goodwill Industries, speaks Thursday night at the United Way of Washington County's annual dinner at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown. MacLean spoke just after receiving the United Way's Jesse L. Kagle Award for Distinguished Service.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Craig M. MacLean was named the 2011 recipient of the United Way of Washington County Jesse L. Kagle Award for Distinguished Service at the organization’s annual dinner Thursday night.

MacLean has led Horizon Goodwill Industries as its executive director and chief executive officer since 1984, according to Horizon Goodwill.

Under his leadership, Horizon Goodwill has grown almost 14-fold and extended into Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, the nonprofit organization said.

“There is a true passion that stirs within him,” said Leah Gayman, executive director of the United Way as she introduced MacLean. “On the surface, he is all business, but if you look deeper, you see that he is always working to find ways to reach more, to help more, to be more, to serve more, because he believes that they deserve it.

“To the table he brings an unbiased opinion, a perspective; he is aimed only at finding the best solution,” she said. “He is so much to this community.”

The award is given annually to remember the community spirit of the late Jesse Kagle, who served as United Way’s executive director for 24 years,  a news release from the organization said.

Each year, the award honors a volunteer whose community spirit, in particular the mission of United Way, moves them to go above and beyond in commitment and service to Washington County, the release said.

This is the first time an agency executive director has received the Kagle award, Gayman said.

Horizon Goodwill is a United Way partner, and MacLean has been involved in past committees for the United Way, said Jenny Fleming, community impact director.

Receiving the award was a true honor for MacLean, who said it was something he did not deserve.

When he came to Hagerstown 27 years ago to lead Horizon Goodwill, he said the first encounter he had with United Way was Kagle. He said that to him, Kagle will always be part of what he understands to be United Way.

“United Way is a remarkable organization,” MacLean said. “I think today, it is something Jesse might not recognize, but it’s a product of not only Jesse’ work, but of those who succeeded him.”

MacLean said the value of United Way, and those who lead and volunteer in it, is that it is uniquely capable of mobilizing connections to be a force in the community.

“I’ll accept this,” he said gesturing to the award, “in recognition of that,” the force of United Way to do good in the community. “That this really honors United Way for what it stands for and what it helps all of us ... to stay true to our mission, stay true to this community and to value all of us in it.”

The United Way dinner is held to celebrate work accomplished over the past year and honor those responsible for making it a success, the release said.

Representatives of the organization also provided an overview of the year Thursday night.

Among the highlights, a total of 1,000 volunteers invested 6,858 volunteer hours in the United Way last year, Fleming said.

The organization invested more than $1.1 million in community education, income and health programs and in designations to area agencies and out-of-county United Ways, she said.

The 2010 campaign met its goal and raised $1.6 million, said Addie Nardi, resource development director.

In addition to the award presentation and reports from staff and board members, economic journalist Knight Kiplinger addressed the audience about the economy.

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