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United Way volunteers unveil the final total pledged in the 2013-14 annual campaign: a record $955,306. From left to right: John Gore, Mayor, City of Marysville; Tony Eufinger, Eufinger Law Offices; Heather Queen; Royal Inspections; Dick Douglass, Union County Senior Services; Pete Emmons, True Oldies 1270 AM; Luanne Beckstedt, Marysville Resident; Anna Krutowskis, City of Marysville; and Ken Yunker, Nestle Product Technology Center.
March 27, 2014

Richwood Banking Company won the 2013 Campaign Chair Award, United Way’s highest distinction of achievement awarded to the most outstanding workplace campaign of the year. Kimm Godfrey, United Way Campaign Chair, presents Chad Hoffman, President and CEO of Richwood Banking Company, with the award at Wednesday’s LIVE UNITED Awards Luncheon in Marysville. Richwood Banking Company took its campaign efforts to new heights, raising $11,030, an increase of 62 percent over last year. They became just the 15th workplace in the county to climb above the $10,000 plateau in the last 15 years.
The generosity of Union County workplaces was on display Wednesday as United Way recognized 53 businesses for their philanthropic efforts during the 2013-14 campaign. A record $955,306 was pledged to support 43 programs of 29 Partner Agencies that provide services to over 18,000 Union County residents. These include six area pantries, four senior centers, a youth center, two shelters, a program for rent and utility assistance, prescription medication, hospice care, cancer support, youth activities, and more. A luncheon to celebrate their achievements was held at Union Rural Electric in Marysville.

“While the campaign is short of our ambitious million dollar goal, it is still an all-time high for our organization and a 3.4% increase over last year,” said a grateful Kimm Godfrey, 2013 Campaign Chair. “The campaign has now increased in seven of the last eight years. We have 14 different accounts raising over $10,000 this year, which is the most ever. And 15 different workplaces achieved record-level giving this year.”

Richwood Banking Company won the 2013 Campaign Chair Award, United Way’s highest distinction of achievement awarded to the most outstanding workplace campaign of the year. The bank took its efforts to new heights, raising $11,030, an increase of 62 percent over last year. They became just the 15th workplace in the county to climb above the $10,000 plateau in the last 15 years.

The team of volunteers from Nestle Product Technology Center including Morgan McClain, Sylvia Minshall-Dyer, Jamie Sanders, Rose Speicher, and Ken Yunker, won the “Campaign Champions of the Year Award” for the amount of time and effort they put into their fundraising events. Following all the best practices promoted by United Way, they held presentations with free food, giving incentives, and increased corporate matching. It paid off in a 21 percent increase in giving at Nestle, where 63 percent of associates gave and the company raised a record $65,160.

“If raising money were easy, everyone would do it,” said Dave Bezusko, United Way’s Campaign & Public Relations Director. “It takes a special person to be a United Way Champion in the workplace, and the people in this room are special people. You took the extra time to plan and execute your campaign, distribute and collect materials, and organize groups to participate in our special events. It was well worth the effort.”

Honda of America, Mfg., Scotts Miracle-Gro, Nationwide, Nestle, Memorial Hospital, and Marysville Schools were the top giving workplace partners this year.

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35 workplaces earned a Gold Campaign Award for giving levels achieved this fall. These workplaces have 40% of their employees giving to United Way, have an average employee gift of $150 or more, or provide a 100% corporate match. These include Allen Yurasek Merklin & Owens-Ruff, Cannizzaro Bridges Jillisky & Streng, City of Marysville, Conrad Leibold Woerner and Company, Dayton Power & Light, Eufinger Law Offices, Fifth Third Bank, Honda Lock R&D, Honda of America, Mfg., Huntington, Industrial Ceramic Products, Loving Care Hospice, Maryhaven, Marysville Public Library, Marysville Schools, McCarthy & Cox, Memorial Hospital of Union County, Mental Health & Recovery Board, Nestle Product Technology Center, North Union Schools, Parker, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Select Sires, Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Technology Site Planners, Union County Auditor’s Office, Union County Board of DD, Union Co. Dept. of Job & Family Services, Union County Family YMCA, Union County Health Department, Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Union County Senior Services, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union Rural Electric, and Veyance Technologies.

Six workplaces earned a Silver Campaign Award for having 30% participation or an average employee gift of $100. These include Fairbanks Schools, Jonathan Alder Schools, Ohio Reformatory for Women, Tolles Career and Technical Center, Union County Engineer’s Department, and the West Central Correctional Facility.

11 entities earned Good Neighbor Awards for participating with United Way on multiple projects over the last year. These include AVS Properties, Buffalo Wild Wings, Central Ohio Youth Center, Cue Stick Cafe, Discount Fashion Warehouse, eMarysville.com, Jerome Village, Marysville Journal-Tribune, Parrott Implement, and St. John’s Lutheran Church & School, and True Oldies 1270 AM.

United Way’s annual Campaign Awards Banquet was celebrated at Union Rural Electric with the corporate support of Alan Wilson CPA, ensuring that no donor dollars were spent on the recognition event.

United Way works to bring neighbors and resources together to improve lives in Union County. More than just a fundraiser, United Way collaborates with local businesses, government, and non-profit organizations to solve pressing social service issues large and small. United Way focuses its support on four Impact Areas: Emergency & Basic Needs, such as food, shelter, pantries, disaster, emergencies, and domestic violence. Health & Human Services, such as prescription medication, cancer support, hospice care, and mental health. Youth Services, such as scouting, mentoring, child care, literacy, and after-school opportunities. Senior Services such as activities and socialization.

For more information, please contact the United Way of Union County at (937) 644-8381 or visit www.unitedwayofunioncounty.org.
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