Morganfield, KY March 23, 2018: On Friday, March 23, 2018, the United Way of the Ohio Valley held an Awards and Recognition Reception at the Grace Fellowship Church Annex Building in Morganfield to recognize individuals and local companies who have led the way with their support of United Way and Union County.
“United Way is the strongest and largest charitable organization in the region supporting local health and human services in Union County. This organization is made up of local volunteers who come together to provide support to local service agencies,” said Marsha Lovern, United Way of the Ohio Valley Board Member.
“I am extremely proud to say that we have raised $61,000.” Nicole Welden, Union County Campaign Chair. “The money raised will help many people in our community and give them a brighter future,” she continued.
Some highlights of the event included:
- Methodist Hospital Union County was recognized with the President’s Award for companies employing 100 or more people and having the highest average gift per employee of $184.
- Kentucky Utilities Company was recognized with the President’s Award for companies employing less than 100 people and having the highest average gift per employee of $277.
- Vibracoustic was also awarded the Campaign Chair Award and recognized with a 30% increase in their employee giving contributions! The Campaign Chair Award is presented to employee groups demonstrating the greatest overall achievement and impact on the campaign.
- Betty Brady was the recipient of the JK Waller Award. This award, established in 1994 to honor J.K. Waller, is presented in recognition of long service to United Way and dedication to the ideals and principles of community service. The award was accepted by Betty’s sister, Mary Jo Adams.
- The Honorable Joseph “Jody” Jenkins was the recipient of the Janace Waller Award. This award was established in 1994 to honor the distinguished service of Janace Anderson Waller to Union County, its heritage, and its people. It is presented annually and is intended to honor an individual’s long-time service who, by the nature of his/her service, has improved the lives of others in Union County. This award is intended to honor someone who has given direct human service or has held a policy-making position over a long period of time. The award was accepted by his widow, Kelly Jenkins, and two of their three children, Kennedy, and Kramer, his mother Barbara and brother Wade Jenkins.
The Gleaner. Published 2:14 p.m. CT March 30, 2018 | Updated 2:18 p.m. CT March 30, 2018