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United Way comes close to achieving goal

Thursday, January 31, 2008

TERRE HAUTE -- The United Way of the Wabash Valley conducted its annual meeting and dinner Monday at the Indiana State University Hulman Center.

"Your United Way raised over $2.1 million this year, which was significantly higher than the previous year," Patrick Ralston, 2007-08 United Way Campaign Chair said.

The amount was just shy of its annual $2.3 million goal set at the beginning of the year. More than 430 people attended Monday's dinner, which was a record setter.

"We have done a very, very good job," Ralston said.

United Way volunteers and officials paid tribute to local volunteers, businesses, member agencies and other organizations at the event. The United Way of the Wabash Valley gave its Good Stewart Best Practice award to the United Child Care Center, a family development agency.

The Solomon award went to Bob Schafer, former Vice President of Administration at ISU.

In addition, three people were honored with the United Way's Richard D. Newport award. Claudia Tanoos of the Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation received the award for her efforts in chairing the United Way Women's Professional Group and for the success of the Power of the Purse special event.

Educational consultant J. Robert Quatroche and David Bailey, formerly of WTHI-TV and Radio, also received Newport awards.

Quatroche was honored for his efforts spearheading the United Way Leadership Giving Program, while Bailey was honored for his efforts chairing Clark County.

"We made progress in virtually all of our campaign goals this year," President of the local United Way Board Nick Mahurin said. "My heartfelt gratitude goes out to each and every volunteer and donor."

Mahurin said in 2007, the local United Way launched its new Success by 6 early childhood literacy initiative, started an annual marketing plan, brought in new agencies and added Clay County to its service area, which includes Parke, Sullivan, Vigo, Vermillion counties in Indiana and Clark County in Illinois.

Also at the dinner, an Outstanding Service award was given to local volunteer Paul Stanley for helping the leadership of the West Vigo Community Center recover from financial problems the organization had faced last year.

At the even of the evening, several local businesses were presented with awards. The awards are presented to a business or organization that has gone beyond the call of duty for the local United Way and community.

Recipients included Conoco Phillips-SG Solutions, which has given more than $171,000 to the United Way the past five years.

Other recipients included Duke Energy, Indiana State University Center for Public Service and Community Engagement, the National Association of Letter Carriers, WTHI television station, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Simple to Elegant, Terre Haute Savings Bank and Time Warner Cable, title sponsor of the dinner.

For more information on the United Way of the Wabash Valley, call Kathy Barker at 812-235-6287 or e-mail kathy.barker@unitedway.org.



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