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United Way of Washington County raises 97 percent of goal

April 11, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • United Way of Washington County 2012 campaign co-chair Peter Perini shakes hands with Wade Watson, left, at the campaign finale Thursday morning at the Academy Theatre in Hagerstown. Watson represented Volvo Powertrain which earned the Michael G. Callas Excellence Award in fundraising for the United Way.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

The United Way of Washington County held its campaign finale Thursday morning, announcing that the agency’s 2012 fund drive raised $1.69 million.

That is 97 percent of the United Way’s goal of $1.75 million, said Executive Director Melissa Reabold during the grand finale breakfast meeting held at the Academy Theatre in Hagerstown.

This year’s total exceeded that of the previous year’s $1.61 million total by $80,000.

“The growth in the campaign reflects on what we’re able to do in the community,” Reabold said after the event. “Every gift that we give, we strive to put that out in the community.”

United Way of Washington County has 25 partner agencies, according to its website.

Reabold added that it is important for the organization to continue to have growth because “the needs just continue to grow.”

“It’s a supply-and-demand issue,” she said. “You’ve got more and more demand for certain resources and for help, and we really need to be able to supply funds to make it all come together and make it all work.”

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Jim Fakult, FirstEnergy president of Maryland operations, and Peter Perini, president of Perini Landmark Development Corporation, also were recognized at the event as co-chairmen who led the campaign efforts. Both spoke at the finale about leading the efforts.

“The big winners are Washington County and all the good that we can do with the contributions,” Fakult said.

Perini mentioned changes in the staff during the campaign, including Reabold taking over as executive director in December. He said the new staff members, including Reabold, turned out to be a “silver lining.”

Belinda Vinson received the 2012 United Way of Washington County Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year Award while her company, Volvo Powertrain, received the top honor, The Michael G. Callas Campaign Excellence Award, at the event.

“We had creativity, and it all started within the leadership within the Volvo group,” Vinson, communications manager at the company, said after the event. “We have a renewed energy.”

The two awards recognized the individual and organization who had the best practices and involvement with United Way for 2012, Reabold said.

Vinson and the company organized various fundraisers throughout the year, one of which was a truck raffle.

“We made a truck available for employees to purchase chances to win that truck, and we raised about $44,000 in ticket proceeds,” she said.

The finale featured three additional awards: the Excellence in Leadership Award recognizing a company for its employee participation in fundraisers, the Chairman’s Performance Award recognizing the company that raised the most money, and the Campaign Achievement Awards, which recognized all companies that raised at least $1,000 and increased the money they raised by up to 20 percent, 50 percent, and more than 50 percent, Reabold said.

United Way award winners

Here is a list of those who were given awards during Thursday’s United Way Campaign finale Thursday morning at the Academy Theatre in Hagerstown.

Chairman’s Performance Award

Citi

Companies receiving the Campaign Achievement Award (at least $1,000 in contributions and increase of at least 10 percent)

Up to 20 percent Increase

Review & Herald Publishing Association
DOT Foods, Inc.
United Parcel Service
IBM Corporation
Horizon Goodwill Industries
Jamison Door Company
Sharrett, Inc.
Washington County Government

Up to 50 percent Increase

M.S. Johnston Company, Inc.
Patriot Federal Credit Union
Macy’s
United Health Group
Weis Markets
PetSmart
Cole Road Hospitality LLC Springhill Suites
First United Bank & Trust
Community Free Clinic

More than 50 percent Increase

Monro Muffler Brake & Service
Hobart Corporation ITW
YRC Worldwide, Inc.
Fil-Tec
Wells Fargo
Super Valu
FedEx and FedEx Ground
The Herald-Mail Co.
Volvo Powertrain
PNC
Hagerstown Community College

Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year Award

Belinda Vinson, communications manager at Volvo Powertrain

Excellence in Leadership Award Winner

Susquehanna Bank

The Michael G. Callas Campaign Excellence Award

Volvo Powertrain

Special Recognitions

Kathy Kroboth of Washington County Government, special recognition for Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year Award

Hagerstown Community College, special recognition for The Michael G. Callas Campaign Excellence Award

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