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The United Way Spirit of Giving 2014 Campaign Celebration was held on March 17, 2015 at Ivy Tech Community College at 5:30 p.m.  Everyone was welcomed by United Way Board President Linda Reed who opened the celebration by introducing new board members, Christal Moskos, Bill Dickerson and Sean Risse.      Reed named the United Way of Perry County’s 2015 Business of the Year, Walsh Construction for their support ans assistance in the Born Learning Trail installation.

President Reed also recognized United Way 2014 Campaign Co-Chairs, Wendi Rich and Andy Hollinden for their work to raise over $101,000 for our community.  They each received an appreciation gift from United Way of Perry County.  Wendi and Andy 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 a very special community organization for their outstanding support of as a community partners over the years.  SIRS was recognized for their leadership in the community and as an excellent partner of UWPC.

Fenn also reported on the United Way of Perry County’s five programs.  The Dolly Parton Imagination Library’s current enrollment is 320 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 601 children; FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card Program saved 6,339 of our residents over $489,746 since 2008; Youth Day of Caring hosted 100 youth and adults across the county doing hands-on projects for non-profits

Campaign co-chairs Andy Hollinden and Wendi Rich shared their appreciation to the community for the campaign pledges received to date and recognized our generous donors by presenting certificates to United Way of Perry County Community Partners 

(donations between  $250 - $499): Fischer’s Furniture, Perry County News and G & T Industries; Bronze Leaders (donations between  $500 - $999): City of Tell City Employees, Cannelton Schools, State Employees, Huber Funeral Home and Visiting Nurse Assoication; Silver Leaders (donations between $1,000 - $1,999): Mulzer Crushed Stone, C & S, SIRS, Tell City Electric Employees, Parker Hannifin, ORG Chem Group (Consolidated Recycling), Perry County Employees and Schwab Safe;  Gold Leaders (donations between $2,000 - $3,499): Crisis Connection, German American Bank, Perry County Memorial Hospital and St. Meinrad Archabbey; Platinum Leaders (donations between $3,500 - $4,999): Southern Indiana Power, 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.     

$69,125 in grant checks were distributed to the following health and human service organizations in addtion designated funds which brought the total reinvested in the community to over $25,000.   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 $2,550; Anderson Woods $7,000; Big Brothers/Big Sisters $76,500; Buffalo Trace Boy Scouts $2,000; Catholic Charities $6,000; Crisis Connection $8,500; Girl Scouts $1,000; Perry Central Family Outreach $7.225; Perry County Adult Education $4,000; Perry County 4-H $2,500; Perry County Council on Aging $4,000; Salvation Army $2,550; Visiting Nurse Association $5,950; Tell City Family Outreach $4,250 and Widow’s Barrel Food Pantry $5,100. 

Director Fenn thanked the 2014 United Way Board members, Earla Williams, Kim Luecke, Linda Reed, Lagina Gogel, Breanne Walsh, Justin Martin, Kailey and Seth Young 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 and at Stuff the Bus. 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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