The United Way of Beaver County held a combined Recognition Dinner and Campaign Kick-off on Thursday, September 9th at The Club at Shadow Lakes.
The purpose of the event was three-fold: first, to recognize companies and individuals who played a major role in helping Beaver County Charities survive the pandemic over the last 15 months. Second, to announce the final campaign total for the 2020 – 2021 campaign that ended on May 31st and lastly, to kick-off the new campaign that began in September.
The awards were given to the following:
Impact Award – Bechtel Foundation, for their $100,000 donation at the beginning of the pandemic.
Carol Ruckert-Fiorucci Service Award – Susan McMullen, for her years of campaign leadership at BASF andvolunteerism.
Community Leader Award – Tracey Antoline-Patton, for her efforts running the United Way campaign among the 900 county employees and her work of helping local charities through the Antoline Foundation.
Campaign of the Year – Energy Harbor, for the record setting campaign that contributed over $113,000 to the Beaver County United Way Campaign.
Heroes Award – HVHS Beaver – Frontline Workers, for the hundreds of brave and selfless employees, who day after day risked their lives to help patients battling the covid-19 virus.
The over 250 guests cheered when the campaign total was revealed by UW Board Treasurer, Joe Vular. The $970,853 total marks the second highest total in the past 20 years.
However, the special announcement that was promised was saved until the very end, when Executive Director, Mike Rubino announced that an anonymous benefactor and dozens of local companies have joined together to offer a $100,000 Matching Grant Challenge for the supporters of Beaver County United Way.
The Challenge Grant works as follows. A dollar for dollar match will be given to the United Way for every new donation or every dollar that a donor increases their donation from last year. This match will continue until $100,000 is reached.
This is the largest challenge grant ever provided in the 62-year history of the Beaver County United Way.
The United Way of Beaver County raises funds and distribute them to local charities to provide services to those in need in Beaver County. Since the pandemic has begun, the United Way has given out almost $1 million to local non-profits.
If you’d like to join the challenge, please consider making a donation today.
Thanks again to our faithful sponsors who made this night possible.Diamond-Presenting