United Way awards nearly $75,000 in grants

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TELL CITY – United Way of Perry County awarded grants totaling nearly $75,000 to community partners during an annual campaign celebration late last month. The money, raised during the organization’s annual appeal, will support emergency services, education, youth services and other community-based programs during the coming year.

The following grants were awarded. 

• American Red Cross, $4,371.51

• Big Brothers-Big Sisters, $5,090.19

• Buffalo Trace Boy Scouts, $2,091.10

• Catholic Charities, $6,683.25

• Crisis Connection, $10,369.87

• Perry County Council on Aging, $4,141.21

• Perry Central Family Outreach, $5,247.79

• Salvation Army, $ 2,797.13

• Perry County Adult Education, $4,000

• Perry County Power of Youth, $1,000

• Perry County Memorial Hospital-Companion Care, $3,023.69

• PCMH-Basic Needs, 1,000

• Anderson Woods, $ 3,000

• Girl Scouts of Southwestern Indiana, $445.50

• SIRS, $47.37

• Visiting Nurse Association, $8,797.51

• Weekend Backpack Program, $6,510.16

• Widow’s Barrel Food Pantry, $6,141.21

• Perry County 4-H, $200.42

Board of Trustees Treasurer Patrick Rich distributed the grants and designations for 2013 to the following community partners. The grant funds were raised during the 2011 campaign and the designated funds were raised during the 2012 campaign. These grants and designations total $ 74,959.91

In other activities at the March 26 campaign celebration, United Way Board of Trustees President Pam Krygielka welcomed new board members Linda Reed, Lagina Gogel and Julie Strassell-Hauser. 

Co-volunteers of the year, Missy Noble and Mary Roberson, were also recognized. The two women co-chaired last year’s campaign and were praised as long-time United Way promoters. 

“Mary and Missy have been supporters of United Way for many years through their gifts to United Way and through their volunteerism for our organization and our community,” Said Krygielka.

Noble took part in several United Way Days of Caring, helped sort toys for Holiday Helpers and took part in Stuff the Bus. In her role at Fifth Third Bank, she helped United Way with successful food drives and angel-tree gift program. 

Roberson has spent many hours in the July heat volunteering for Stuff the Bus, painting on Youth Day of Caring, purchasing gifts for Holiday Helpers, speaking on behalf of Perry Central Family Outreach during our campaign, and collaborating during our 4Community initiative. 

“Together as our Campaign Co-Chairs, these two Perry Central classmates have gone above and beyond to raise funds for United Way. Together they have brought in over 6,000 new dollars to our United Way,” said Krygielka. 

United Way of Perry County Executive Director Rebecca Fenn recognized the Perry County Community Foundation as an Outstanding Community Partner for its work with United Way of Perry County to promote philanthropy in high-school youth through our joint endeavor, “Perry County Power of Youth.” 

Hannah Harpenau and Hilary Hubert, members of the Power of Youth, shared a few words about what they have learned as members of Power of Youth this year.

Fenn also highlighted programs carried out this year which supported the organization’s focus on health, education and financial stability of the community through eight programs: 

• Dolly Parton Imagination Library

• Stuff the Bus

• Holiday Helpers United

• FamilyWize prescription discount card program

• Perry County Food Coalition

• Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

• Youth Day of Caring

• Perry County Power of Youth Council

Fenn reported that “it has been an honor to have brought these programs to life in Perry County and tonight we take the opportunity to announce a shift in sponsorship of several of these program.”

Catholic Charities will be the new sponsor of the Perry County Food Coalition and Lincoln Hills will be the new sponsor of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, she announced. 

“As you all know, these fine organizations do great work in our communities and we are proud to collaborate with them to further the good work they do here,” Fenn said. 

2012 campaign pledges to date are $111,244 for Perry County and $6,993 for Crawford County, for a total of $120,237.

Krygielka, Roberson and Noble recognized donors by presenting certificates to the following businesses:

Community Partners: $250 to $499

Golden Living Center-Lincoln Hills

Cannelton city employees

State Farm Insurance

Ettensohn & Company

Fischer’s Furniture


Bronze Leaders: $500 - $999

Cannelton Schools

City of Tell City Employees



Perry County News

Huber Funeral Home

Southern Hills Counseling


Silver Leaders: 

 $1,000 - $1,999

St. Meinrad Archabbey

Tell City Electric Employees

Parker Hannifin

Crisis Connection

Consolidated Recycling

G & T

State employees

Visiting Nurse Association


Gold Leaders: $2,000 - $3,499

German American

Mulzer Crushed Stone

Perry County Employees

Platinum Leaders: 

$3,500 - $4,999

Perry Central Schools

Tell City Schools

Fifth Third Bank

Best Chairs

Old National Bank

Southern Indiana Power


Ultra Platinum Leaders: $5,000 - $10,000

Waupaca Foundry

Perry County Memorial Hospital

Each grant recipient explained what their grant funds will be used for and what kind of impact that will have on Perry County. Fenn closed the meeting by thanking all the donors, the UWPC Board of Trustees, our hosts Fifth Third Bank and the Perry County News for their support of the organization. 

Board members Pam Krygielka, Patrick Rich, Kris Walsh, Seth Clark, Kim Oliva, Earla Williams, Lagina Gogel and Julie Hauser took a moment to tell what it meant to them to serve the community through the United Way of Perry County.