United Way presents awards to donors

| February 15, 2018

AK Steel was presented with the top giver award at the annual United Way of Coshocton County breakfast meeting held Feb. 15. Pictured in front, from left are – Tom Heading (United Way), Jerry Sturtz, Sue Tubbs, Eveline Maciag, Tim Rohr; and in back are – Scott Muhlemann, Troy Balo, Kurt Knicely, Bob Raber.

COSHOCTON – United Way of Coshocton County held its annual meeting on Feb. 15 to recognize all those who have supported its fundraising campaign.

During the annual breakfast meeting several honors are handed out including the top giver award.

“As denoted in the name, the “top giver award” is given to the contributor who gives the largest financial contribution to the campaign,” said Tom Heading, president of the United Way Board of Directors. “This company is responsible for almost 20 percent of all money raised during the most recent campaign. Since 2000, this company and its employees have raised $675,000 in our community through the United Way. AK’s corporate support has been tremendous, giving almost equal amounts as the employees.”

This year AK Steel and its employees gave a combined gift of $58,000.

Lyn Mizer, executive director of United Way, presented two director’s awards.

“So often an extraordinary situation occurs that is not covered by our other awards so we added a director’s award that would properly recognize these situations,” she said.

The first award went to Coshocton City Schools.

“How many of you would be willing to be slimed to raise money for the United Way,” Mizer asked the crowd. “Well Coshocton City Schools had several giving teachers and administrators who were and in the process the school system raised close to $14,000.”

The second director’s award went to Coshocton Regional Medical Center.

“Our local hospital administrators told its employees that if we want our community to support us, we will support our community,” Mizer said. “I know many of you feel that way, but because of this attitude they have increased their pledges in the last two years by 77 percent. And not to embarrass Leslie Ridenbaugh, but when she handed out her pledge cards to her fellow employees, she didn’t just hand them out, she asked, ‘Do you know what all the United Way is involved in? May I tell you?’ And when someone who is not being paid to promote the work of the United Way promotes the United Way, it carries so much more weight.”

She also presented a dedication award to representatives from the Kraft Heinz Company Coshocton Plant. Mizer explained that Kraft made some policy changes in regards to charitable giving and the local plant advocated to have them changed, but their hands were tied. They still however let employees know about United Way.

During the meeting campaign corporate sponsor Century National Bank also was honored and it was announced that Buckeye Brine will sponsor the 2018-2019 campaign.

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