United Way of Bedford County campaign chair Tonya Davis and board chair Brian Nicholson welcome attendees to Thursday's appreciation luncheon, held at H.V. Griffin Park.
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United Way of Bedford County kicked off its fall fund-raising campaign with a "Day of Caring" on Thursday, in which employees of various United Way-participating companies or organizations volunteered at United Way-funded agencies, followed by the annual kickoff and appreciation luncheon, including the presentation of awards for last year's campaign.
After several years of declines, United Way's 2010 campaign saw a slight increase, and campaign chair Tonya Davis told the Times-Gazette she's hopeful for the same this year.
"People are really stepping up," said Davis.
United Way is, at its heart, a consolidated fund-raising program, in which donors can contribute to one central agency and have the funds distributed among about 20 member agencies serving Bedford County residents. Many companies offer payroll deductions, such that a barely-noticeable weekly contribution adds up to something significant over the course of a year.
The City of Shelbyville was named the winner of the Derryberry Award for the best United Way of Bedford County fund-raising campaign last year among organizations with 100 or more employees. The awards were presented at a luncheon Thursday at H.V. Griffin Park. Holding the award certificate are United Way of Bedford County campaign chair Tonya Davis and Shelbyville City Council member Kay Rose.(T-G Photo by John I. Carney) [Order this photo]
But board chair Brian Nicholson noted during Thursday's luncheon that United Way is not just a funnel anymore and has become more pro-active in organizing activities that directly serve people. United Way initiatives include the "Stuff The School Bus" program, which collects school supplies for needy children, and the annual Child Safety Day, which offers safety information and the chance for parents to have their children fingerprinted for emergency ID kits.
First Community Bank of Bedford County was named the winner of the Advocate Award, for the bewst United Way of Bedford County fund-raising campaign last year among organizations with fewer than 100 employees. Bob Graham, left, accepts the award from United Way board chair Brian Nicholson.
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Campaign awards presented Thursday:
* Derryberry Award, for best campaign among employers with 100 or more employees: City of Shelbyville;
* Advocate Award, for best campaign among employers with fewer than 100 employees: First Community Bank;
* Most Campaign Growth: Winnett Associates;
* Best Kickoff Event: Jostens.
For more information about United Way of Bedford County, call 684-6685 or go to unitedwaybedford.org.
Perennial winner Jostens was again honored by United Way of Bedford County for having had the best campaign kickoff event in 2010. Board chair Brian Nicholson presented the certificate to employees in attendance at Thursday's appreciation luncheon.(T-G Photo by John I. Carney) [Order this photo]