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United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley Awards Announced Yesterday

Campaign Total 2012Nearly 400 people attended United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s annual “Celebration of Caring” event at Revolutions in Bethlehem yesterday to celebrate and honor the generosity and support of Lehigh Valley corporations and individuals. Eve Tannery from WFMZ and Drew Lewis, Chairman of the Board for UWGLV co-hosted the event.

The campaign totals were also announced for 2012 increasing last year’s campaign over $400,000 to a total of $10,279,792 – a four and a half percent (4.5%) increase, surpassing the internal goal of $10,250,00. More dollars raised translates to more dollars to invest in a stronger, healthier Lehigh Valley. UWGLV has 90 investments in the community which helped over 60,000 people in the Lehigh Valley. All programs continued to focus on children, families and older adults and metrics showed positive increases in all areas the programs served.

As Vice President of Resource Development and Acting President, David Lewis commented on this year’s accomplishments, “We were grateful to be able to acknowledge some of the companies and individuals who contributed to this campaign. With more than 500 companies and 22,000 individual contributors, it’s evident there are many generous people in the Lehigh Valley who genuinely care for one another. We witness every day what it means to truly Live United and it is tremendous.”

The fund raising effort was led by Todd Donnelly, 2012 UWGLV Campaign Chair, and Chairman of Viamedia. Lewis said, “Every team needs a leader and Todd was exceptional in exceeding our campaign goals for 2012. Campaign Chair is a time-intensive role and Todd rose to the occasion and over-delivered.”

UWGLV honored the following at the Celebration of Caring event yesterday including:

Lisa Daugherty, Victaulic – Winner of The Morning Call Silver Bowl Award
The Morning Call Silver Bowl Award is presented to campaign a volunteer who demonstrates outstanding leadership and makes every effort to help the campaign succeed.

PPL Corporation – Winner of Campaign Chairman’s Award
The Campaign Chairman’s Award is presented to a company that has demonstrated continued leadership and innovation in conducting its United Way campaign and an ability to increase awareness throughout the Lehigh Valley. This company serves as a model for other workplace campaigns.

Deb Fries-Jackson, Boys and Girls Club of Allentown—Winner of the Inaugural Leonard Pool Impact Award (Air Products)
The Leonard Pool Impact Award, presented by Air Products, recognizes a non-profit organization that demonstrates a commitment to exceptional community leadership, outstanding stewardship of community resources, volunteer engagement, and makes a large strategic impact on the Lehigh Valley community.

Lehigh University – Winner of The Express-Times Community Building Award
The Express-Times Community Building Award is presented annually to an individual or organization that supports United Way in its community building efforts, encourages cooperation, contributes talents and resources to further partnerships, and has the ability to create a common ground and to persevere.

St. Luke’s University Health Network – Winner of LIVE UNITED Award
Presented to an organization/company whose engagement in the Lehigh Valley community results in a significant contribution toward improving the quality of life for those in need.

Jimmy Kelleher, Jr., Allentown Boxing Club—Winner of TeenWorks™ “Making a Difference” Award which recognizes the “TeenWorks Project of the Year,” conducted by local teens and funded through a TeenWorks grant. TeenWorks’ projects are accomplished throughout the Lehigh Valley and make a difference in our communities, as well as in the lives of the young people who perform the service.

Additional honorees included Kathryn Leber for the Betsy Torrence Philanthropist of the Year and awards for Cornerstone Society, Community Caring, and Circle of Honor.

The B104 Van showed up with Mike Kelly from the morning show broadcasting live from the van outside of Revolutions. Volunteers from “Cops ‘n’ Kids,” an organization who connects children and their community through literacy, collected new and gently used books to be donated to the Lehigh Valley. Tannery and Lewis rounded out the evening by engaging the audience and recognizing commitment and leadership in the Lehigh Valley.