BY REBECCA HOEFFNER, email@example.com
The annual United Way Campaign Celebration and Awards Luncheon featured award-winners and the big reveal of the total of funds raised for 2013-2014.
“We’ve been a part of the community for 74 years,” said Nan Moore, the organization’s president. “We have about 8,300 donors annually; one-in-three people benefit from our programs. On behalf of the United Way, I want to thank you for all you do. United, we do make a difference.
This year’s Dick Evans award was presented to Steve Manley. The award was created in 2004 to honor volunteerism. Over his volunteer career, Manley has served on the boards of 18 nonprofits in the community.
“Knowing the impact Dick Evans had in the community, it’s a tremendous honor to receive this award,” Manley said.
Part of the organization’s success, officials said, was the use of “Loaned executives,” who are volunteers donated with their company’s time. The 2013 Loaned Executive of the Year is Ben Neal with Ingersoll Rand/Trane.
“This year’s recipient worked hard through the campaign to boost campaign activities at their workplace,” said Chad Cargile, 2013 campaign chair. “This champion also generated many ‘out of the box’ ideas and strategies that helped our campaign raise additional funds and build new relationships.”
The organization is in need of more volunteers, especially loaned executives, Cargile said.
The Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year award was given to Steve Deland with EOG Resources. The Campaign Chairman’s Award was given to Davis Dickson with the city of Tyler.
Awards to top-performing businesses were broken down by category. The winner in the finance division was Southside Bank.
The winner of the healthcare division was Texas Spine and Joint Hospital. The winner of the major commerce division was Brookshire Grocery Company. The winner in the professional division was CB&I. The winner of the education division was Rice Elementary. The winner of the small business division was Mentoring Minds. The winner of the oil and gas division was EOG Resources. The winner of the real estate division was Maddox Residential and Commercial Services.
This year’s Community Champion Award went to a government department that has won for six years in a row, a new record. The winner was the city of Tyler Police Department.
The overall campaign total raised in 2013 was $1.65 million, $50,000 short of the organization’s goal. Mrs. Moore cited open enrollment insurance timing as a reason for missing the goal.
“The total doesn’t reflect new businesses,” said Mrs. Moore. “We’re working really hard to recruit small businesses, because small businesses are where the economy is headed. We need more loaned executives; it’s going to take lots of soldiers on the ground, but we’re optimistic.”