The annual kickoff for the United Way of Clay County 2004 Campaign was held Aug. 21 at First Presbyterian Church of Brazil.
Guests for the luncheon were representatives of the 22 agencies chosen to receive funding by the United Way of Clay County. Also in attendance were members of the beacon Group as well as members of the United Way board.
John Lee, board president, and former president Lynn Stoelting, presented awards to contributoirs of the 2003 campaign:
-Spun Metals Inc., Thomas & Thomas, Spencer Miller and Associates, Fifth Third Bank, First State Bank and Riddell National Bank received plaques for 100 percent participation by employees.
-Great Dane received two plaques, one for Outstanding Corporate Support and one for Outstanding Employee Support.
-Forest Park Elementary School received a gold plaque for the most contributors in the Clay community School Corp., with North Clay Middle School receiving a siler plaque and Northview High School receiving a bronze plaque.
Rob Norris, senior communications specialist for Cinergy/PSI in Plainfield, Ind., was the featured speaker for the luncheon. He served on cinergy's Central Indiana United Way campaign committee for a number of years and was asked to coordinate its 2002 campaign.
Outlining how he ran the campaign, he told how he was able to exceed the goal set for Cinergy/PSI and increase the company's participation. For his efforts, he received the Pacesetter Award.
Lee announced the goal set for the 2004 campaign is $105 thousand.
Solicitations for the campaign will be mailed out this month.