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United Way Celebrates a Successful Campaign and Awards Grants

UWPC celebrated its 39th Campaign on March 26, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank, the Celebration host for the evening.   President Pam Krygielka welcomed newly elected member of the board of trustees Linda Reed, Lagina Gogel and Julie Strassell-Hauser.     President Krygielka presented our Co-Volunteers of the Year:  Missy Noble and Mary Roberson with certificates and a small gift.  Krygielka recognized Mary and Missy's support of United Way for many years through their gifts to United Way and through their volunteerism for our organization and our community.  Missy has volunteered and worked hard at several Days of Caring, helped sort toys for Holiday Helpers, braved the heat to collect supplies for Stuff the Bus, and hosted several different food drives for The Perry County Food Collation and an Angel Tree  in the bank lobby.  Mary too has spent many hours in the July heat volunteering for Stuff the Bus, painting on Youth Day of Caring, purchasing gifts for Holiday Helpers, speaking on behalf of Perry Central Family Outreach during our campaign, and collaborating during our 4Community initiative. Together as our Campaign Co-Chairs, these two Perry Central classmates went above and beyond to raise funds for United Way.  Together they have brought in over $6,000 new dollars to our United Way.    

Executive Director, Rebecca Fenn, recognized the Perry County Community Foundation as an Outstanding Community Partner for their work with United Way of Perry County to promote philanthropy in high school youth through their joint endeavor “Perry County Power of Youth.” Hannah Harpenau and Hilary Hubert, members of the Power of Youth, shared a few words about what they have learned as members of Power of Youth this year. 

Director Fenn also highlighted the other programs carried out this year which supported United Way's  focus on Health, Education and Financial Stability of our community:  Dolly Parton Imagination Library; “Stuff the Bus" School Supply Drive; Holiday Helpers United Christmas Assistance;  FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card Program; Perry County Food Coalition; Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and Youth Day of Caring. 

Fenn announced a shift in sponsorship of several of these program.  United Way of Perry County is pleased to announce that Catholic Charities will be the new sponsor of the Perry County Food Coalition and Lincoln Hills will be the new sponsor of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.  

President Krygielka recognized Campaign Co-Chairs, Missy Noble and Mary Roberson and extended the thanks of the United Way board for their commitment to our community in helping us share the message of United Way’s work in Education, Health and Financial Stability. Our 2012 Campaign pledges to date are:  $111,244   for Perry County and  $6,993 for Crawford County for a total of  $120,237.   Ms. Roberson and Ms. Noble shared their enjoyment of working for the good of the community through the United Way and praised the donors of the community for coming together to support so many good organizations that are working hard for the community.   

President Krygielka, Ms. Roberson and Ms. Noble then recognized our generous donors by presenting certificates to the following businesses: Community Partners ($250 to $499): Golden Living Center, Cannelton City Employees, State Farm Insurance, Ettensohn & Company and Fischer’s Furniture.   Bronze Leaders ($500 - $999): Cannelton Schools, City of Tell City Employees, SIRS, Wal-Mart, Perry County News, Huber Funeral Home and Southern Hills Counseling.   Silver Leaders ($1,000 - $1,999) St. Meinrad Archabbey, Tell City Electric Employees, Parker Hannifin, Crisis Connection, Consolidated Recycling, G & T Industries, State Employees, Visiting Nurse Association.   Gold Leaders ($2,000 - $3,499): German American Bank, Mulzer Crushed Stone and Perry County Employees.   Platinum Leaders ($3,500 - $4,999): Perry Central Schools, Tell City Schools, Fifth Third Bank, Best Chairs, Old National Bank and Southern Indiana Power.   Ultra Platinum Leaders ($5,000 - $10,000): Waupaca Foundry and Perry County Memorial Hospital.     

Treasurer, Patrick Rich distributed the grants and designations for 2013 to the following outstanding community partners.  He explained that the grant funds were raised during the 2011 campaign and the designated funds were raised during the 2012 Campaign.  These grants and designations totaled $ 74,959.91.      Each grant recipient explained what their grant funds will be used for and what kind of impact that will have on Perry County.  Grant and campaign designee recipients were:  

American Red Cross  $4,373.51

Big Brothers/Big Sisters  $5,090.19

Buffalo Trace Boy Scouts $2,091.10

Catholic Charities $6,683.25

Crisis Connection  $10,369.87

Perry County Council on Aging  $4,141.21

Perry Central Family Outreach   $5,247.79

Salvation Army  $2,797.13

Perry County Adult Education  $4,000.00

Perry County Power of Youth   $1,000.00

PCMH-Companion Care  $3,023.69

PCMH-Basic Needs  $1,000.00

Anderson Woods $3,000.00

Girl Scouts of Southwestern Indiana  $445.50

SIRS $47.37

Visiting Nurse Association $8,797.51

Weekend Backpack Program $6,510.16

Widow’s Barrel Food Pantry  $6,141.21

Perry County 4-H $200.42 

Director Fenn closed the meeting by thanking all the donors, the UWPC Board of Trustees, hosts Fifth Third Bank and the Perry County News for their support of United Way of Perry County.  Board members, Pam Krygielka, Patrick Rich, Kris Walsh, Seth Clark, Kim Oliva, Earla Williams, Lagina Gogel and Julie Hauser took a moment to tell what it meant to them to serve the community through the United Way of Perry County.

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