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United Way celebrates donors and volunteers at annual meeting

United Way of Greenville County recognized a year of success and impact at its annual meeting Thursday, honoring the role its donors and volunteers played in building a Cycle of Success in the community.
“We’re here today to celebrate another outstanding year of impact driven by our community’s generosity and caring spirit,” said Ray Lattimore, president of Marketplace Staffing and 2016 chair of the United Way Board of Trustees. “As United Way volunteers and as donors, you are part of a diverse coalition of people, businesses and organizations from across Greenville County united by a vision of building a community where everyone can have a safe, stable and successful life.”
Last year, United Way led and invested in more than 100 programs and initiatives working to build a cycle where Greenville County’s youngest children start school prepared to learn and go on to graduate, well-educated graduates find good jobs and create stable homes for their families, and children from those stable homes continue the cycle in the next generation because they’re equipped with the tools to start school prepared to learn.
Working on the priority issues of school readiness, high school graduation, financial stability, and life essentials, United Way-supported programs and initiatives include everything from emergency food, shelter and health services to parenting education, afterschool tutoring and job training. 
More than 27,772 people made marked progress in building a Cycle of Success (15,715 in School Readiness; 2,551 in High School Graduation; 9,506 in Financial Stability), while another 79,330 people benefited from assistance with life essentials and basic needs through United Way programs and initiatives.

Other highlights from 2016 included: more than $3 million invested in 52 Life Essential programs working to address basic needs and quality of life issues in our community; 41,000 volunteer hours generated through United Way Hands On Greenville; 3,000 backpacks and school supplies distributed to studentsvia its annual School Tools project; 18 grassroots community leaders trained through Greenville Dreams; and more than 9,0000 tax returns filed for free through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
Approximately 1,100 volunteers and supporters attended Thursday’s celebration, which included the presentation of awards recognizing the contributions of Greenville County workplaces during last fall’s annual campaign. The campaign saw more than 32,000 donors coming together to raise $16,536,964.
Jennifer Johnsen, chair of the 2016 campaign, helped present more than 600 honors across six different categories. The recognitions included: 
  • The Campaign Award of Excellence to 326 companies and organizations that met two or more of the following award criteria: 10 percent increase in employee giving; $100 or more employee per capita; 50 percent or more employee participation; one or more Palmetto Society ($1,000 or more) members; 50 percent of the contributors give at the Fair Share Level (1 percent or more of annual salary); and a ranking in the Top 25 largest overall United Way campaigns.
  • The Chairman’s Award to 69 companies and organizations that met four of the award criteria listed above.  
  • The Campaign Award of Advancement to 73 companies and organizations achieving a 25 percent increase in employee giving and 33 companies and organizations that achieved a 25 percent increase in employee participation.  
  • The Campaign Premier Award to ten organizations completing a workplace campaign for the first time.
#1 Awards were presented to companies whose outstanding support of the United Way placed them first in total employee contributions.  
  • 2 to 24 Employees:  Windsor/Aughtry Company, raising $39,564
  • 25 to 99 Employees:  UBS Financial Services, raising $100,485
  • 100-199 Employees:  Elliott Davis, raising $140,132
  • 200-499 Employees:  Canal Insurance Company, raising $167,250
  • 500-1,000 Employees: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Greenville, raising $93,407
  • Total Employee Giving: Fluor Corporation, raising $1,438,602
The Top 10 Overall Campaigns (combined employee and corporate gifts) were also recognized. They are Fluor Corporation at $2,320,903, followed by Michelin North America at $1,524,186; GE at $1,021,654, Greenville Health System at $931,658, Greenville County Schools at $614,549, Publix Super Markets at $544,543, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System at $292,135, TD Bank at $269,130, Canal Insurance Company at $203,967, and Mitsubishi Polyester Film at $203,540. 
The United Way board also elected members to new terms and a slate of volunteers to serve on its executive committee. Serving new terms on the board are: Michael Cinquemani, Matthew S. Cardone, Thomas E. Claybaugh, Chandra E. Dillard, William B. Engle, Chris L. Fincher, Anderson Garcia. Guy Hempel, John L. Humphries, Jennifer E. Johnsen, Timothy R. Justice, Ray A. Lattimore, David Lominack, Deborah Long, Keith Miller, Tim J. Reed, John B. Tripoli, Diana Watson White, Richard N. Wilkerson and Kimberly Witherspoon.
The 2017 executive committee is: Michael Cinquemani (Chair); David Lominack (Vice Chair and Chair-Elect); Ann Robinson (Secretary); Bill Engle (Treasurer); Ray Lattimore (Immediate Past Chair); Kurt Rozelsky (Campaign Chair); Diana Watson White (Campaign Vice Chair); Matt Cardone (Community Impact Chair); Sean Dogan (Community Impact Vice Chair); Guy Hempel (Strategic Marketing Chair); and Jennifer Johnsen (Member At Large).