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United Way of the CSRA Hosts 2017 Annual Meeting

A full house of almost 600 local business leaders and community volunteers attended United Way of the CSRA’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 21, at The Augusta Marriott Hotel at the Convention Center.  Scott Elledge and Mark Haddon, United Way’s Co-Chairs, announced that United Way and the community had raised $3,312,613 for the 2016 Campaign.  They also reported that the Combined Federal Campaign and the Federal workforce raised $480,615.  They acknowledged the remarkable accomplishments stating that, “We’ve seen great successes and some challenges, but overall this was a good campaign”.  They thanked the many volunteers and supporters who worked together to accomplish this outstanding goal. 

The event was hosted by WJBF News Channel 6 personalities Jennie Montgomery and Brad Means.  Anne Ealick Henry, Director of Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services (a United Way partner agency) was guest speaker for the event.  She shared about the importance of United Way funding for the partner agencies and how they are changing the lives of local residents for the better every day through the generous donations of the community.

In other event news, United Way chose the Annual Meeting to present several key awards.  The 2016 Alvin W. Vogtle Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Andrew Allgood.  Karen Fili, Vice President, Vogtle 3 & 4, presented the award along with a check for $2,000 to be donated to a charity of choice.  Dr. Allgood, who was nominated by Hope House, Inc., is well known throughout the community for his passion and drive to make a difference in the community by working with various nonprofits. 

The 2016 Spirit of Community Award, which is given to the company who is committed to running a model United Way Campaign, was presented to Club Car, Inc.  Their high standards for giving back to the community through contributions and volunteerism exemplify true leadership at all levels, corporately and individually.

For the first time, United Way presented the Pinnacle Award to the company who raised over $400,000: Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.  SRNS continues to keep community forefront and is committed to supporting local needs. Their spirit of philanthropy is a year round effort.

The Pillar Circle Award of Excellence was presented to the companies who raised over $300,000: Club Car and Southern Nuclear Operating Company. Both of these companies value the communities in which they work and live. Their fundraising efforts and support impacts the quality of life in the CSRA in a positive way.

The Award of Distinction was presented to the company who raised over $ 200,000 or more: Publix Supermarkets. The Award of Outstanding Achievement was presented to four companies who each raised over $100,000 for the 2016 Campaign: Elanco, International Paper, Kellogg’s, and Savannah River Remediation.

Special awards were presented to four Employee Campaign Managers whose enthusiasm, leadership, and passion resulted in thriving campaigns. The recipients of this award were: Judy Beltz – Club Car; Diane Cooper – Georgia Bank & Trust, now South State Bank; Carpii Edenfield – Queensborough National Bank; and Derek Sumter – Southern Nuclear Operating Company. 

United Way’s campaign team awarded four Superlative Awards to companies who demonstrated a FUN and innovative campaign.  The recipients of this award were Columbia County Government – “Furthest Reach for the Stars”; Elanco – “Best Theme Song”; John Deere – “Best Outside the Box Thinking”; and State Bank & Trust Company – “Best Pumpkin Carving”.

The event was presented through the generosity of several local corporate sponsors:  Premiere Sponsors:  Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and Augusta University/AU Health; Presenting Sponsor: Southern Nuclear Operating Company – Plant Vogtle; Presidential Sponsors: Doctors Hospital, Electrolux Major Appliances, Georgia Power, MAU Workforce Solutions, and University Health Care System.   

Photos from the 2017 Annual Meeting