United Way Supporters Increase Their Impact by Donating $12,500 Incentive Prizes from Brown-Daub Dealerships and Wegmans Food Markets
On Friday, April 28, United Way supporters Juliet Vestal Buckley from Bethlehem, and her husband Robert, were presented with a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Brown-Daub Dealerships. The Buckleys are the grand incentive prize winners of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s (UWGLV) 2022 Campaign.
Dedicated supporters of United Way and the community since 2018, the Buckleys will donate the prize back to the organization to fund solutions that impact well over 130,000 people throughout the region.
“United Way provides us with an easy way to channel all our giving to the impact areas that need it most. Given the economy right now, we wanted to continue the Daub’s legacy of generosity and pay this forward by keeping the money in the community,” Juliet said when asked why they decided to donate their prize money.
As a long-time member of United Way’s Cornerstone Society, Brown-Daub Dealerships has been one of the organization’s most dedicated partners and support many events throughout the year. United Way’s Cornerstone Society consists of 19 generous and deeply committed partners that help our community with annual contributions of $100,000 or more. For the past nine years, Brown-Daub has provided a significant incentive prize of $10,000 cash or a new vehicle for donors who contributed to the campaign at a certain level, which encouraged individuals to give more.
“Since I’ve joined the United Way Board of Directors, I’ve seen firsthand how much hard work and effort goes into where funds are invested to make the most impact. It’s an honor to support United Way and the community by offering these incentive prizes to encourage increased giving for so many years,” said Tom Daub, President, Brown-Daub Dealerships.
Juliet is the Vice President, Corporate Benefits and HR Administration at B. Braun Medical Inc., a United Way Cornerstone Society member for nearly 20 years.
“Dedicated partners like Brown-Daub and B. Braun are the cornerstones of our community, and we’re extremely thankful for the transformational impact their organizations and employees have made throughout the community for the past 20 years,” stated Paul Hurd, Chief Philanthropy Officer, UWGLV.
Also giving back to the community is First Prize winner Sean Bird, partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP from Charlotte, N.C. Originally from Lebanon, PA, Sean is deeply committed to giving back to his community as a dual Tocqueville Society member in Lehigh Valley and Charlotte. He was presented with $2,500 in Wegmans gift cards in April. With his wife and children, Sean chose to donate the gift cards back to five UWGLV-supported organizations to help alleviate food insecurity. New Bethany Ministries, Northeast Community Center, Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley, ProJeCt of Easton, Inc. and Community Action Lehigh Valley’s Second Harvest Food Bank will each receive a $500 Wegmans gift card to support their food pantries and meal centers.
Second Prize winner, Russell Giordano of Bethlehem Area School District, was presented with Lehigh Valley IronPigs Dugout Suite courtesy of BSI Corporate Benefits at a school board meeting at the end of April. Russell is the Chief Human Resources Officer and long-serving Executive Cabinet Member for the Bethlehem Area School District. After dutifully serving the district for over 10 years, he will be retiring at the end of this school year to spend more time with his family.
Individuals who became an Everyday Hero by contributing at least $365 to UWGLV’s 2022 Campaign became eligible to win one of three incentive prizes:
- Grand Prize: $10,000 provided by Brown-Daub Dealerships, presented to Juliet and Robert Buckley;
- First Prize: $2,500 in Wegmans gift cards, presented to Sean Bird;
- Second Prize: Lehigh Valley IronPigs Dugout Suite courtesy of BSI Corporate Benefits, presented to Russell Giordano.
“Thank you to Brown-Daub, Wegmans and BSI Corporate Benefits for encouraging the spirit of giving and for their continued support of UWGLV,” added Hurd.
With 13 consecutive years of growth, United Way’s 2022 fundraising campaign raised $22,642,018 to provide critical solutions in the areas of education, healthy aging, food, housing, mental health and emergency services. The 2023 campaign is currently underway through March 31, 2024.
Photo credit: United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
About Brown-Daub Dealerships
Brown-Daub has grown from a single Chrysler Plymouth franchise purchased in 1936 by William J Daub and Thomas M. Brown into the Lehigh Valley’s largest auto group. Currently led by the third-generation owner, Thomas A. Daub, Brown-Daub is celebrating 86 years of servicing and supporting the community with its nine new car franchises, commercial truck center and auto body repair shop. For more information, please visit www.browndaub.com.