AUGUSTA, GA – A sold-out crowd of more than 650 local business leaders and community volunteers attended United Way of the CSRA’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 26, at The Augusta Convention Center. The meeting wrapped up the organization’s 2012 campaign effort to raise $4.15 million for locally funded health and human service programs. Continuing with the suspense of its Mission: Possible theme, which was unveiled at their 2012 Kickoff last August, United Way debriefed the audience to reveal that $4,153,921 was raised by the community.
The event was presented through the generosity of several local corporate sponsors: Premiere Sponsor: Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; Presenting Sponsors: American Family Insurance and Southern Nuclear Operating Company-Plant Vogtle; Presidential Sponsors: Georgia Power and University Health Care System; Executive Sponsors: Atlanta Gas Light Company, Electrolux, and Savannah River Remediation, LLC.
Mike Hogan, United Way’s 2012 Campaign Chair, acknowledged the remarkable accomplishment stating that, “We’ve seen great successes and yes, a few challenges, but overall this has been a tremendous year”. He also thanked “the ‘Special Agent’ volunteers for working together to accomplish this mission” and for being “on the front lines every day fighting the effects of poverty, hunger, homelessness, and so much more”.
Hosted by WJBF News Channel 6 personality Brad Means, the event’s theme was “Mission Possible Debriefing”. Set against a backdrop of the Italian Riviera, guests celebrated as if dining in a quaint café complete with an authentic Italian meal. To add to the illusion of being in an exotic location, members from the Italian American Club of the CSRA and The Ballroom Dance Center performed an Italian folk dance, the Tarantella.
In other event news, United Way chose the Annual Meeting to present several key awards:
The 2012 Alvin W. Vogtle Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Christine “Chris” Edenfield. Randy Johnson, Operational Readiness Vice President of Southern Nuclear Operating Company – Plant Vogtle, presented the award along with a check for $2,000 to be donated to a charity of choice. Ms. Edenfield, who was nominated by Rape Crisis Sexual Assault Services of Augusta, is well known throughout the community and has volunteered for Rape Crisis since 2001.
The 2012 Overall Hospital Competition Award was presented to University Health Care System for the fourth consecutive year. The award is based on total per capita giving inclusive of the corporate gift. And, a Per Capita Award and Leadership Award were presented to Georgia Regents Health System for having the largest increase in per capita and leadership giving.
The 2012 Spirit of Community Award, which is given to the company who is committed to running a model United Way Campaign, was presented to Georgia Bank & Trust Company. They were chosen because of their leadership and commitment with corporate and employee contributions.
The Award of Excellence was presented to Savannah River Nuclear Solutions for their outstanding support of 11 United Way’s throughout the CSRA. Through all the changes they have experienced, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions continues to keep community in the forefront. And, a special award was presented to Savannah River Remediation, LLC for their leadership and commitment to United Way of the CSRA as well as United Way’s around the region.