MORGANTOWN – The United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties honored several companies and individuals in the past week online, in lieu of the annual campaign celebration. Because of the pandemic, organizers felt it was important to hold the event on social media instead of an in-person gathering. In January, the United Way announced that it had surpassed its $1,142,000 goal by raising $1,236,801 in the 2021 Campaign.
During the announcement of awards online, which was sponsored by Huntington Bank, more than 20 businesses and/or individuals were honored for their support for the United Way through donating, advocating and volunteering.
This year’s Best of the Best Award, the United Way’s most prestigious company honor, went to WVU Medicine, which raised more than $213,000. It was the most WVU Medicine has ever raised for the United Way campaign.
“We couldn’t be more proud of WVU Medicine and its employee coordinators this year,” said Macall Speaker, director of development for the local United Way. “Even while working the front lines during the pandemic, WVU Medicine marked its highest campaign in history. What an accomplishment, and we thank them for stepping up for the community!”
The Timothy P. Saab Community Leader Award went to David and Susan Hardesty, who served as co-chairs of the 2021 Campaign. The Hardestys worked tirelessly to promote the campaign in an unprecedented year and not only met the campaign goal, but exceeded it, with the official total coming in at 108%.
“We didn’t know what to expect when planning for a campaign in the middle of a pandemic, but with the Hardestys’ leadership and the help of all these businesses, companies, individual donors and employee coordinators, we were able to surpass the campaign goal,” said Brandi Helms, chief executive officer of the local United Way. “While we certainly wish we could meet in person to hand out these well-earned awards, we realize that to keep everyone safe, a virtual event is the best option. We congratulate them all and thank them from the bottom of our hearts for their tireless efforts for this community and the United Way.”
The money raised during the annual United Way campaign stays in Monongalia and Preston counties, providing support to 43 programs at 24 agencies, as well as internal programming such as Helpful Harvest Food Program, WV211 hotline, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and more. For more information, visit http://www.unitedwaympc.org.
Growth & Innovation (>100) – West Virginia University
Growth & Innovation (<100) – MVB
Spirit of Giving – Mylan Pharmaceuticals
Best Community Impact Partner – West Virginia National Guard
Corporate Volunteerism – Preston Contractors
Community Advocate – Monongalia County Schools
Outstanding Funded Partner Campaign – Preston County Workshop
Outstanding Leadership Giving – J.S. Walker Associates Realtors
Outstanding Employee Giving – The EdVenture Group
Community Investment Leader – KeyLogic
Campaign Cornerstone – Huntington Bank
Community Builder – First Energy
Pinnacle of Partnership – Mon Health
Live United – Clear Mountain Bank
Great Beginnings – Advantage Health & Wellness, Blue & Gold Development, Compass Realty, FTS International, Gabes, Leidos, New South Media, Patton, and Pikewood Energy
Emerging Leader of the Year – Judd Waldo
Women United - Woman Leader of the Year – Sabrina Cave
Outstanding Employee Coordinator (Large Company) – Bonnie Anderson
Outstanding Employee Coordinator (Medium Company) – Amy Armentrout
Outstanding Employee Coordinator (Small Company) – Kate Covich and Kristi Crutch
Advocate of the Year – Nancy Walker
Timothy P. Saab Community Leader – David and Susan Hardesty
Best of the Best – WVU Medicine
Diamond ($100,000+) – Mylan Pharmaceuticals
Platinum ($25,000-$99,999) – First Energy and WVU Medicine
Gold ($10,000-$24,999) – Huntington Bank and Lynch Foundation
Silver ($5,000-$9,999) – BB&T, Jackson Kelly, KeyLogic Systems, Leidos, March-Westin, Patton Building Services, Skriner Family Foundation, United Bank and West Virginia Junior College
Bronze ($3,000-$4,999) – Clear Mountain Bank, KLS Government Services, Mon Health and WesBanco