2011 Campaign Awards & Appreciation Breakfast
United Way of Sumner County honors volunteers, donors, businesses
for their role in record-setting 2011 fundraising campaign
Volunteers, business leaders, and other guests gathered at the Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club April 24 to celebrate United Way of Sumner County's record-setting 2011 fundraising campaign and to honor those who played a role in achieving the historic results.
In addition to revealing its 2011 fundraising total of $715,447.90, an all-time high for the organization, awards were presented to many individuals and businesses that helped raise the funds that will support UWSC's 36 local partner agencies, which meet health, educational and human service needs of Sumner County residents.
Special thanks to Eric Jackson of Keystone Business Solutions for providing photographic coverage of the event.
Publix Super Markets sponsored the 2011 UWSC Awards Breakfast and provided tote bags for everyone
United Way of Sumner County President/CEO Dana M. Given welcomed Awards Breakfast guests to get the morning started. "Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and campaign coordinators, the businesses that allow us to hold workplace campaigns, and the generosity of all our individual, workplace, and corporate donors, we had a very successful 2011 campaign," Given said.
United Way of Sumner County 2011 Campaign Chair Regina Bartlett, CEO of Hendersonville Medical Center, was recognized for her efforts by UWSC Board Chair Greg Gray. In her remarks, Bartlett thanked all those who made the 2011 Campaign a success.
Longtime United Way of Sumner County Volunteer Pat Gizelar was presented the 2011 Terry Colwell Award for being UWSC's Volunteer of the Year by 2010 Volunteer of the Year Tina Davis. "Pat is meticulous, understanding, compassinate, and rigorous - all at the same time, and she has never met a stranger," Davis said. "United Way of Sumner County is blessed to be the beneficiary of her dedication, hard work, knowledge,
Pat has volunteered in the area of allocations for nearly 20 years, been a member of the Executive Allocations Committee for four years, and has served on the UWSC Board of Directors for two years. Her work to explain funding models and annual outcomes to partner agencies and her initiative to identify and reach out to lapsed donors over the past year were cited as major accomplishments in her award presentation.
Publix Super Markets, with locations in Gallatin, Goodlettsville, and Hendersonville, was United Way of Sumner County's largest workplace campaign again in 2011. Employees from the three stores donated $62,428, earning Publix the 2011 Torchbearer Award for the workplace with the highest employee giving. Publix also won the Leadership Givers Award for having the highest percentage of givers at or above the $500 level. With a corporate gift of $47,200, the combined 2011 gift from Publix totaled $109,628! Pictured are UWSC Board Chair Greg Gray, Publix Gallatin Manager Matt Corcoran, and Publix Hendersonville Manager Dan Dropp.
United Way of Sumner County Board Chair Greg Gray presents the 2011 David Brown Parrish Award to Portland C.A.R.E.S. Director Penny Martin. The award recognizes the UWSC partner agency with the highest per capita employee giving.
Hendersonville Medical Center was the winner of the 2011 Hugh Carpenter Award, which honors the year's best overall workplace campaign. Pictured are Hendersonville Medical Center Campaign Coordinators Rachelle Spalin and Jennifer Burden, Hendersonville Medical Center CEO Regina Bartlett, and United Way of Sumner County Board Chair Greg Gray. In addition to having 10 employee meetings, a series of Thank You events, and a 53% increase in employee giving, the hospital's campaign doubled its number of donors in 2011.
ITW Dynatec in Hendersonville won United Way of Sumner County's 2011 Best Campaign Kick Off/Appreciation Event Award for its Hawaiian themed end-of-campaign celebration. Pictured are: (L-R) ITW Dynatec Campaign Coordinator Donna Cantrell, Denise Steiner, Cheryl Whitsell, Sandra James, Caleb Dodd, Brittany Ulrich, Russell Diefenbach, and UWSC Board Chair Greg Gray.
Hoeganaes in Gallatin was the winner of United Way of Sumner County's 2011 Most Innovative Campaign Award. Pictured are Hoeganaes Campaign Co-chair Ashley Whiles, Campaign Coodinator Letrecia Parchman, and UWSC Board Chair Greg Gray. Hoeganaes' campaign started with a series of six combination Campaign Kick-off/Veterans Day lunches for workers. These events were held around the clock to accommodate all three shifts, and they featured personal stories shared by an employee who has benefited from services provided by our partner agencies. Additional events, including breakfast bake sales, pinto bean lunches, raffles, and a last-chance hot dog sale, provided more opportunities for everyone to get involved.
United Way of Sumner County Board Chair Greg Gray (left) presents the Most Improved School Campaign Award to Sumner County Director of Schools Dr. Del Phillips on behalf of T.W. Hunter Middle School. The school's United Way campaign jumped from $175 to $1,950 in 2011! At the end of the Awards Breakfast, 2011 UWSC Campaign Chair Regina Bartlett announced that Dr. Phillips has agreed to serve as the 2012 Campaign Chair for United Way of Sumner County. Comcast of Gallatin and White House was recognized as the winner of the Most Improved Workplace Campaign Award for 2011.
Regina Bartlett, Hendersonville Medical Center CEO and 2011 United Way of Sumner County Campaign Chair, was named UWSC's inaugural Fundraiser of the Year, an award that will be named in her honor in future years. In addition to being the top fundraiser in the first “It’s Just $50!” program with well over $1,000 raised, she played a significant role in identifying, targeting, and recruiting new donors. She personally advocated for contributions during the Hendersonville Medical Center workplace campaign, challenging coworkers and peers to give back to the community. The result was a substantial increase in donors and contributions that earned the hospital the 2011 Hugh Carpenter Award. Regina then reached beyond the workplace to engage professional colleagues, friends and acquaintances in an effort to generate additional fundraising dollars. By the end of the 2011 campaign, she had personally steered numerous new donors and thousands of new dollars to our cause.
Fundraiser of the Year Award Winner Regina Bartlett peeks at the final number of UWSC's 2011 goal before revealing it to Awards Breakfast guests.
Hendersonville Medical Center CEO and 2011 United Way of Sumner County Campaign Chair Regina Bartlett, winner of the 2011 Fundraiser of the Year Award, leads a round of applause at UWSC's Annual Campaign Awards Breakfast as a record-setting campaign total is revealed to attendees.
2011 United Way of Sumner County Awards Breakfast Guests listen as the 2011 Campaign total is announced.
Members of the United Way of Sumner County Board of Directors pose with a banner celebrating the record-setting total raised during the 2011 Campaign. The $715,447.90 raised surpassed 2010's total, exceeded the 2011 goal of $715,000, and beat the previous fundraising record set in 1999. Pictured are: (L-R) Amanda Runnels, Laura Cole, Greg Gray, Leisa Byars, John McIntosh, Regina Bartlett, Matt Corcoran, Betty Hilgadiack, Don Ames, Michele Owens, Jerry Keen, Pat Gizelar, Greg Baugh, Dr. Jenny Uhl, Tina Davis, Fran Marcou, and Mark Walker.