Lots to Celebrate this year!
This year the United Way of the Pennyrile wrapped up the 2019-2020 Annual Campaign in style, with all the glitz and glam of Vegas and a little bit of southern charm thrown in. Campaign Co-Chairs Dustin Gilbert and Robin Tabor shined at their final event in high style thanks to the help of Special Occasions Plus.
UWP President, Annie Catron recognized Ebonite International employees for their giving over the years. The employees and corporate donations since 1996 total $777,091.39. As part of the dinner, annual awards were handed out including the CHAIRMAN’S AWARD to the companies with the largest total contribution in each division and the SPIRIT AWARDS to the companies with the largest percentage increase in giving in each division. They were as follows:
- Commercial Division: Chairman’s – H&R Agri-Power – $43,875.80; Spirit – BB&T – 124.1%
- Education Division: Chairman’s – Hopkinsville Community College – $6,814.88; Spirit – Day Treatment Center – 96.6%,
- Government Division: Chairman’s – Hopkinsville Fire Dept - $35,257.44; Spirit – Hopkinsville Police Dept – 75.5%
- Industrial Division: Chairman’s – Pennyrile Electric – $35,003.17; Spirit – Riken Elastomers – 27.4%
- Professional Division: Chairman’s – Jennie Stuart Medical Center – $33,964.87; Spirit – Hopkinsville Christian County Public Library – 1,502.3%
Robin and Dustin chose to honor two groups who went ABOVE AND BEYOND this year: Planters Bank Boulevard Branch for selecting UWP as the Season of Giving recipient and the Hoptown Half Marathon committee for selecting UWP to be the beneficiary of the proceeds
The People Helping People Awards recipients represent a large group of individuals who are dedicated to the United Way mission in many ways. We were honored to recognize each company for their efforts this year. The Small Firm Award was presented to Atmos Energy – Hopkinsville. The Medium Firm Award was presented to Higgins Insurance. The Large Firm Award was prsented to Continental Mills. The Overall People Helping People Award was presented to City of Hopkinsville. Each of the traveling trophies will reside with the winners for a year.
New this year, United Way created an award to honor the service of one volunteer to a partner agency. The Beverly Whitfield Service Award was given to Lucas Stagner, who serves as the Deputy Chief of the Christian County Rescue Team, Inc., an all volunteer organization.
The 2019 J. William Flowers Award was given to Sandy Grogan, who has spent three decades supporting United Way efforts in the community from donating to running a company campaign, to overseeing a campaign division, to serving on the board of directors.
The dinner was made possible by our generous sponsors: Jennie Stuart Health, Pennyrile Electric, Planters Bank, Walmart Distribution Center, The Silo, United Southern Bank, and Fortera Credit Union. The food was sponsored by Hopkinsville Electric, Riken Elastomers, Amfine Chemicals, and Continental Mills. The awards were sponsored by Little Caesars. Descriptions of the awards as well as a list of our donors can be found below in the program.
Celebration Dinner Program