Local United Celebrates $1 million Plus in Donations

Local United Celebrates $1 million Plus in Donations

United Way Campaign Chairman Norm Brumblay announced at the organization's annual luncheon Thursday that $1,061,557 in donations were received during the course of the 2015-16 campaign.

United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region (UWGCR) held its annual membership meeting and campaign celebration at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center, where local contributors, volunteers and partners were recognized for their dedicated service as "agents of change" in this year's campaign, titled "Mission Possible."

UWGCR's CEO, Ginna Holleman, presided over the event, welcoming more than 250 guests with words of thanks. "We are here today to honor those who accepted an important assignment to improve lives and create positive change in our community," Holleman said. " ... Each of you were uniquely qualified to achieve this mission because you care. Your service widens the scope of possibility and sharpens United Way's focus on creating long-lasting community impact."

Several awards were presented at the 90-minute luncheon, including top honors to Legends Bank. It received the coveted Ben C. Parks Award, which recognizes the workplace partner with the best overall campaign.

Other prestigious awards and recognitions were:

• Highest Giving Campaign: Trane/Ingersoll Rand. Trane and its employees contributed $180,806 to the 2015-16 campaign.

• Inspire Award: Montgomery County Government

• Way to Grow: Hendrickson

• Ambassador's Award: Don Jenkins

• Volunteer of the Year: Kathee Marco

• Outstanding Board Member of the Year: Michelle Dickerson

• Director's Award: Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency.

A new award was presented this year. The Welch Founders Award was established in memory of Robert R. Welch to annually recognize exemplary support of a Leadership Society member of UWGCR. Welch was among the founding leaders of the local United Way, initially chartered in 1956. Honoring his legacy, the inaugural Welch Founders Award was presented to Jack B. Turner.

"To have been the inaugural recipient of this award is a great honor," Turner said. "Particularly so, because Bobby was my friend. In many respects, he was an unsung hero. Bobby Welch did so much for this community that people did not know about. He was always there, always dependable and always a very focused leader. I think having this award named in his honor is spectacular. And I am honored to be chosen to receive it."

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