United Way celebrates spirit of community giving, volunteerism

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Nearly $84,000 in grant checks awarded to local partners

PERRY COUNTY – United Way of Perry County awarded grants totaling nearly $84,000 and celebrated a successful fundraising campaign during an April 1 event at William Tell Elementary School.


The United Way Spirit of Giving 2013 Campaign Celebration was emceed by United Way Board President Linda Reed, who opened the celebration by introducing new board members Kailey Bolin, Justin Martin, Andy Sommer, Breanne Walsh and Seth Young.

Reed named the United Way of Perry County’s 2014 Volunteers of the Year, Patrick and Wendi Rich, who were given a gift of appreciation for their dedication to United Way of Perry County.

The Riches have been supporters of United Way ever since they moved to the community from Tennessee and were instrumental in bringing the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Perry County.  Patrick Rich served as board treasurer for six years and Wendi served as campaign co-chairwoman last fall.

“United Way of Perry County feels fortunate that they have chosen Perry County for their home and thanked them for their tireless work to improve our community,” United Way of Perry County Executive Director Rebecca Fenn said.

Reed recognized Wendi Rich and her campaign co-chairman, Chad James for their work to raise over $107,000 for the community. They each received an appreciation gift from United Way of Perry County. The two shared a few thoughts on the importance of volunteerism and their appreciation for the opportunity to serve our community through the United Way.

United Way Executive Director, Rebecca Fenn, recognized the community organizations and businesses that have been outstanding community partners during the last year. ATTC Manufacturing was recognized for their sponsorship of the Born Learning Trail, an interactive series of signs with messages that encourage family activities along the Windy Creek Trail in Hagedorn Park.  The Born Learning Trail was partially installed last fall on the Youth Day of Caring and will be completed this spring.  

Catholic Charities and Lincoln Hills Development Corp. were recognized for their tireless work to help those less fortunate in the community.

They accepted sponsorship of two programs that were originally started by United Way – the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and the Perry County Food Coalition – so that these programs could continue to benefit our community. The Perry County News was recognized for their creation of a newspaper insert that commemorated United Way of Perry County’s 40th Anniversary.  

Fenn also reported on the United Way of Perry County’s five programs.  The Dolly Parton Imagination Library’s current enrollment is 346 children; “Stuff the Bus” countywide school supply drive provided thousands of school supplies for children in four different school systems and for Perry County Head Start; Holiday Helpers United helped provide gifts for 559 children; FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card Program saved 2,275 residents over $22,300 in 2013; Youth Day of Caring hosted 146 youth and adults across the county doing hands-on projects for non-profits and installing the first seven signs on the Born Learning Trail.

The highlight of 2013 was the celebration of the United Way of Perry County’s 40th anniversary last August at the new Tell City Depot.  The event featured a video created by Kylee James recapping the United Way’s history, an address by Indiana Association of United Way’s President, Roger Frick, a special presentation by last year’s campaign chairwomen, Missy Noble and Mary Roberson, recognition of community partners and local business and individual donors as well as past and present volunteers. Reed, who was the event chairwoman was recognized for organizing the event.

Wendi Rich and James shared their appreciation to the community for the campaign pledges received to date that total over $107,000. They recognized donors by presenting certificates to United Way of Perry County Community Partners: donations between  $250 and $499: Cannelton city employees, Fischer’s Furniture, Perry County News and Roland’s Jewelry.

Bronze Leaders, donations between  $500 and $999: City of Tell city Employees, Columbia Rebekah Lodge, Southern Indiana Resource Solutions and Huber Funeral Home.

Silver leaders, donations between $1,000 and $1,999: G&T Industries, C&S, Cannelton City Schools, Tell City Electric Department employees, Parker Hannifin, ORG Chem Group-Consolidated Recycling, Visiting Nurse Association, Webb Wheel and Indiana state employees.

Gold Leaders, donations between $2,000 and $3,499: Crisis Connection, Mulzer Crushed Stone, Oakwood Health Campus, Perry County employees, Southern Indiana Power and St. Meinrad Archabbey.

Platinum Leaders, donations between $3,500 and $4,999: German American Bank, Perry County Memorial Hospital, Fifth Third Bank and Old National Bank

Ultra Platinum Leaders, donations between $5,000 and $9,999: Best Chairs, Perry Central Community School and Tell City-Troy Township Schools.

Diamond Donors, donations of $10,000 or more: Waupaca Foundry.
Former treasurer and Volunteer of the Year Patrick Rich stepped in to help distribute the 2014 grants in the absence of current treasurer, Earla Williams. These funds will help these organizations fulfill their missions to make Perry County stronger through their work in Education, Health and Emergency Assistance.

A total of $83,856 in grant checks were distributed to the following health and human service organizations.  

 American Red Cross, $4,500; Anderson Woods, $7,500; Big Borthers Big Sisters, $7,000; Buffalo Trace Boy Scouts, $2,000; Catholic Charities, $6,000; Crisis Connection, $12,500; Perry Central Family Outreach, $5,500; Perry County Adult Education, $4,000; Perry County Council on Aging, $4,000; Perry County Food Coalition, $4,682; Salvation Army, $2,000; Southern Indiana Resource Solutions, $2,674; Visiting Nurse Association, $8,000; Weekend Backpack Program, $6,000 and Widow’s Barrel Food Pantry, $7,000.

Fenn thanked the 2013 United Way Board members, Earla Williams, Kim Oliva, Kris Walsh, Linda Reed, Lagina Gogel, Pam Krygielka, Patrick Rich, Seth Clark, Lynn Fulkerson and Julie Strassell-Hauser who had manned booths at the Kids First Festival locations at Cannelton, Perry Central, and William Tell Elementary Schools, helped raise funds during the annual campaign, volunteered their time for Holiday Helpers United, Youth Day of Caring, Born Learning Trail development and the Stuff the Bus programs.  

Volunteers Carla Thomas and Mark Fenn were also recognized for their help behind the scenes in several different ways.