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Campaign 2013 Celebration

The United Way Spirit of Giving 2013 Campaign Celebration was held on April 1, 2014 at William Tell Elementary School at 5:30 p.m.  Everyone was welcomed by United Way Board President Linda Reed who opened the celebration by introducing new board members, Kailey Bolin, Justin Martin, Andy Sommer, Breanne Walsh and Seth Young. 

     Reed named the United Way of Perry County’s 2014 Volunteers of the Year, Patrick and Wendi Rich, who were given a gift of appreciation for their dedication to United Way of Perry County. Patrick and Wendi have been supporters of United Way ever since they moved to our community from Tennessee.  They were instrumental in bringing the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Perry County.  Patrick served as board treasurer for six years and Wendi served as Campaign Co-Chair last fall. United Way of Perry County feels fortunate that they have chosen Perry County for their home and thanked them for their tireless work to improve our community.           

     President Reed recognized United Way 2013 Campaign Co-Chairs, Chad James and Wendi Rich for their work to raise over $107,000 for our community.  They each received an appreciation gift from United Way of Perry County.  Wendi and Chad shared a few thoughts on the importance of volunteerism and their appreciation for the opportunity to serve our community through the United Way. 

     United Way Executive Director, Rebecca Fenn, recognized the community organizations and businesses that have been Outstanding Community Partners during the last year.  ATTC Manufacturing was recognized for their sponsorship of the Born Learning Trail, an interactive series of signs with messages that encourage family activities along the Windy Creek Trail in Hagedorn Park.  The Born Learning Trail was partially installed last fall on the Youth Day of Caring and will be completed this spring.  Catholic Charities and Lincoln Hills Development Corporation were recognized for their tireless work to help those less fortunate in our community.  Their accepted sponsorship of two programs that were originally started by United Way, the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and the Perry County Food Coalition so that these programs could continue to benefit our community.  The Perry County News was recognized for their creation of the wonderful newspaper insert that commemorated United Way of Perry County’s 40th Anniversary.  

     Fenn also reported on the United Way of Perry County’s five programs.  The Dolly Parton Imagination Library’s current enrollment is 346 children; “Stuff the Bus” countywide school supply drive provided thousands of school supplies for children in 4 different school systems and for Perry County Head Start; Holiday Helpers United helped provide gifts for 559 children; FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card Program saved 2,275 residents over $22,300 in 2013; Youth Day of Caring hosted 146 youth and adults across the county doing hands-on projects for non-profits and installing the first 7 signs on the Born Learning Trail. The highlight of 2013 was the celebration of the United Way of Perry County’s 40th Anniversary last August at the new Tell City Depot.  The event featured a video created by Kylee James recapping the United Way’s history, an address by Indiana Association of United Ways President, Roger Frick, a special presentation by last year’s campaign chairwomen, Missy Noble and Mary Roberson, recognition of our community partners and local business and individual donors as well as past and present volunteers.  Linda Reed, event chairwoman was recognized for organizing the event. 

     Campaign co-chairs Chad James and Wendi Rich shared their appreciation to the community for the campaign pledges received to date that total over $107,000. They recognized our generous donors by presenting certificates to United Way of Perry County Community Partners (donations between  $250 - $499): Cannelton City Employees, Fischer’s Furniture, Perry County News and Roland’s Jewelry; Bronze Leaders (donations between  $500 - $999): City of Tell City Employees, Columbia Rebekah Lodge, SIRS and Huber Funeral Home; Silver Leaders (donations between $1,000 - $1,999): G & T Industries, C & S, Cannelton Schools, Tell City Electric Employees, Parker Hannifin, ORG Chem Group (Consolidated Recycling), Visiting Nurse Association, Webb Wheel and Indiana State Employees;  Gold Leaders (donations between $2,000 - $3,499): Crisis Connection, Mulzer Crushed Stone, Oakwood Health Campus, Perry County Employees, Southern Indiana Power and St. Meinrad Archabbey; Platinum Leaders (donations between $3,500 - $4,999): German American Bank, Perry County Memorial Hospital, Fifth Third Bank and Old National Bank; Ultra Platinum Leaders (donations between $5,000 - $9,999): Best Chairs, Perry Central Schools and Tell City Schools; Diamond Donors (donations of 10,000 or more): Waupaca Foundry. 

     Former Treasurer and Volunteer of the Year, Patrick Rich stepped in to help distribute the 2014 Grants in the absence of current treasurer, Earla Williams.  $83,856 in grant checks were distributed to the following health and human service organizations.   These funds will help these organizations fulfill their missions to make Perry County stronger through their work in Education, Health and Emergency Assistance.  The organizations receiving grants were: American Red Cross $4,500; Anderson Woods $7,500; Big Brothers/Big Sisters $7,000; Buffalo Trace Boy Scouts $2,000; Catholic Charities $6,000; Crisis Connection $12,500; Perry Central Family Outreach $5,500; Perry County Adult Education $4,000; Perry County Council on Aging $4,000; Perry County Food Coalition $4,682; Salvation Army $2,000; SIRS $2,674; Visiting Nurse Association $8,000; Weekend Backpack Program $6,000 and Widow’s Barrel Food Pantry $7,000. Director Fenn thanked the 2013 United Way Board members, Earla Williams, Kim Oliva, Kris Walsh, Linda Reed, Lagina Gogel, Pam Krygielka, Patrick Rich, Seth Clark, Lynn Fulkerson and Julie Strassell-Hauser who had manned booths at the Kids First Festival locations at Cannelton, Perry Central, and William Tell Elementary Schools, helped raise funds during the annual campaign, volunteered their time for Holiday Helpers United, Youth Day of Caring, Born Learning Trail development and the Stuff the Bus programs.  Volunteers Carla Thomas and Mark Fenn were also recognized for their help behind the scenes in several different ways. 

     President Reed wrapped up the evening by thanking all those who attended and for their donations to United Way of Perry County and invited them to enjoy refreshments provided by United Way of Perry County.

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