Amy Luppens, assistant director of United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, says the organization surpassed its fundraising goal of $1.65 million with a grand total of $1.8 million.
“Every year in the spring we hold our annual meeting which wraps up the campaign that started in September,” Luppens said. “It’s an opportunity to bring together volunteers, donors, board members, etc. who have made the campaign such a success.”
At the event, United Way made the official announcement of awards for Volunteers of the Year, Campaign Coordinators of the Year, Spirit of the Shore Award, the President’s Trophy and more. Friday’s event concluded with the installation of the incoming 2016-2017 United Way Board of Directors.
“We have seven new board members coming on,” Luppens said. “We cover a four county area and have a lot of large employers and small employers so we like to make the board as diverse as possible.”
Incoming United Way Board President Rick Nelson spoke to the crowd, and shared his gratitude for the community’s involvement with the organization.
“Once again, our community has strongly supported our United Way as the organization to bring hope and support to our most vulnerable neighbors on the Shore,” Nelso said. “Surpassing the $1.65 million campaign goal means that more local at-risk children will reach their full potential, more local senior citizens will not go hungry and more local veterans will receive critical health care services.”
The United Way Board of Directors take their term in July and hold the position from 2016-2017.
2015 United Way Annual Meeting Award Recipients
- 2015 County Campaign Coordinators of the Year
- 2015 Wicomico Sheila Pullen & Leah Evans, Hudson Health Services
- 2015 Worcester Kelly Brinkley & Stacey Norton, Worcester County Employees
- 2015 Somerset Leo Lawson, Somerset County Public Schools
- 2015 Dorchester Dwayne Abt & Beth Wilson, Dorchester County Public Schools
- 2015 County Volunteers of the Year
- 2015 Wicomico Connie Strott
- 2015 Worcester Scott & Lisa Phillips
- 2015 Somerset Jeff Eichelberger
- 2015 Dorchester Interstate Container Cornament Committee
- Emerging Leader of the Year
Beth Reid – Healogics at Peninsula Regional Medical Center – Salisbury, Md.
The United Way Emerging Leaders are a group of energetic young professionals who dedicate both time and resources to improving the community. This award honors an Emerging Leader who has demonstrated extraordinary efforts in service to the community through United Way projects and programs.
- Salisbury University Student United Way Volunteer of the Year
Emily Hawthorne- Salisbury University- Salisbury, Md.
The Salisbury University Student United Way Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes a dedicated member of Student United Way.
- Pocomoke High School Student United Way Star
LuAnne Mottley – Pocomoke High School – Pocomoke, Md.
The Pocomoke High School Student United Way Star recognizes a dedicated member of Pocomoke High School’s Student United Way.
- Flame of Excellence Award
Somerset County Public Schools
New in 2015, the Flame of Excellence award recognizes an organization far surpassing previous year records and current campaign goals. This prestigious award is given to an organization who is “on fire” to make a difference in their community through our United Way.
- Heart of United Way
Melody Nelson – Nelson’s Nationwide, Princess Anne, Md.
The Heart of United Way Award is bestowed upon an exceptional volunteer leader who personifies the values of United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore in all they do. These values include inclusiveness, commitment, compassion and accountability, to name a few.
- President’s Trophy
Rick Nelson – Nelson’s Nationwide, Princess Anne, Md.
The President’s Trophy is the highest award a United Way volunteer can receive and honors both dedication and the inspiring volunteer and philanthropic spirit.
- Spirit of the Shore Award
Piedmont Airlines – Salisbury, Md.
The “Spirit of the Shore” award honors businesses with excellence and leadership in community compassion and overall community service.
- Jim Barrett Community Leadership Award
Kathleen McLain, WMDT 47 ABC CW3 MeTV, Salisbury, Md.
Jim Barrett was one of the most charismatic Eastern Shore community leaders and served as a role model volunteer and humanitarian for the local United Way for 20 years. This award, established in 2005, honors individuals like Jim, who exemplify the qualities of philanthropic leadership.
To learn more about the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore and how it operates, visit www.unitedway4us.org.