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At United Way’s 2018 Annual Meeting on February 27, 2018, at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center, Pillar Circle Awards were presented to six companies who each raised over $100,000 in employee and corporate contributions for the 2017 Campaign.

The Pillar Circle Award of Outstanding Achievement was presented to two companies who raised over $100,000:

  • Graphic Packaging International (formerly International Paper)
  • Kellogg’s

Graphic Packaging International invited United Way representatives and agency speakers to multiple meetings and offered t-shirts and other prize packages for different giving levels which wrapped up their campaign raising over $132,000.

Kellogg’s continued their tradition of a hot dog cookout for all shifts and offered candy and t-shirts as well as other prizes which helped raise a total just shy of $130,000.

The Pillar Circle Award of Distinction was presented to three companies who raised $200,000 to $300,000:

  • Club Car
  • Publix Super Markets
  • Southern Nuclear Operating Company

Club Car kicked off their campaign last June by hosting the sixth annual United Way Golf Charity Classic at the beautiful Champions Retreat. This tournament broke previous records raising over $160,000 while having a fun day of golf. Club Car also thought outside the box while planning two agency fairs that were well attended by employees and extremely successful. Mix all that with great prizes, and Club Car raised over $280,000.

At Publix Super Markets, their founder George Jenkins built his company on values such as giving back and investing in others. Each day Publix employees across the country and in the CSRA embrace those values and show their understanding through their investments in our local community through annual United Way Campaigns and also matching employee contributions. Thank you for carrying on the legacy of Mr. Jenkins, striving to create positive change in your local community and raising over $250,000.

Southern Nuclear Operating Company – Plant Vogtle had numerous fundraisers throughout the year which included a golf tournament at the Waynesboro Country Club, a raffle for a golf car among others, and a competition that ended with one of the site leaders dressed as a clown. There were lunch n’ learns and an agency fair with food and games for all employees to partake in, resulting in an amazing campaign raising over $270,000.

The Pillar Circle Pinnacle Award was presented to a company who raised over $400,000:

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions continues to keep community at the forefront. The employees of SRNS raised $403,000 in employee and corporate contributions for United Way of the CSRA. The commitment for United Way is evident through their countless activities such as A LOT of food and dessert sales, baseball and golf tournaments, a corporate challenge, and so much more. Annually, a video is created featuring United Ways throughout the CSRA. This year was no different, showing how SRNS employees are impacted by United Way funded programs. This team worked hard to educate fellow employees about United Way.

Special thanks to Rich Baker for his leadership as well as Caroline Reppert and the entire committee for their hard work.

Congratulations to all of the Pillar Circle Award recipients for their outstanding support of United Way and the community!