United Way honors companies, individuals during celebration


The United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties honored several companies and individuals by handing out awards at its 2020 Campaign Celebration on Tuesday evening at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center. In January, the United Way announced that it had surpassed its $1,345,000 goal by raising $1,348,479 in the 2020 Campaign.

During Tuesday’s campaign celebration, which was sponsored by Huntington Bank, more than 20 awards were handed out to those who demonstrated support for the United Way through donating, advocating and volunteering.

Monongalia County Schools took the top honor with the Best of the Best Award. This year, Mon County Schools had its best year ever, raising $47,745 for the United Way with 559 donors.

The Timothy P. Saab Community Leader Award went to Jim Karinshak, one of the Bankers United serving as this year’s campaign chairs. Karinshak received the award for his tremendous leadership in the 2020 campaign.

In addition to Karinshak, the other Bankers United for the 2020 Campaign were Dena Clutter of BB&T, Herman DeProspero of MVB Bank, Harry Hayes of Clear Mountain Bank, Chris Morris of First United Bank & Trust, Jill Pazerski of Huntington Bank, and George Petroplus of WesBanco.

The Mardi Gras-themed event served as the finale to this year’s fundraising campaign. Guests munched on New Orleans-style cuisine, including a King Cake, while enjoying entertainment by the dueling pianos. The pianists played during dinner and throughout the announcement of the awards.

“It’s so important to recognize and honor the businesses and individuals who helped make the 2020 Campaign a success,” said Brandi Helms, chief executive officer of the local United Way. “We honestly couldn’t have done this without them. Their continued support of our organization proves they are truly invested in this community. Their contributions will make a difference in the lives of so many people right here in Monongalia and Preston counties.”

The money raised during the annual United Way campaign stays in Monongalia and Preston counties, providing support to 46 programs at 24 agencies. For more information, visit http://www.unitedwaympc.org.

List of awards:

Campaign Awards

Growth & Innovation (>100) – First Energy

Growth & Innovation (<100) – United Bank

Spirit of Giving – WesBanco

Best Community Impact Partner – Clear Mountain Bank

Corporate Volunteerism – Huntington Bank

Community Advocate – MVB

Outstanding Funded Partner Campaign – Milan Puskar Health Right

Outstanding Leadership Giving – Gianola, Barnum, Bechtel & Jecklin LC

Outstanding Employee Giving – J.S. Walker

Community Investment Leader – Mon Health

Campaign Cornerstone – West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey

Community Builder – WVU Medicine

Pinnacle of Partnership – The STICK Co.

Live United – Mylan

Great Beginnings – City National Bank, Forge Business Solutions, KLS Government Services, MedExpress and Safelite AutoGlass

Emerging Leader of the Year – Harry Hayes

Women United - Woman Leader of the Year – Ashley Hardesty Odell

Outstanding Employee Coordinator (>100) – Julia Hamilton

Outstanding Employee Coordinator (<100) – Julie Lattanzi

Outstanding New Employee Coordinator – Kayla Merryfield and Ashley Saurborn

Banking Bartending Challenge – George Petroplus

Advocate of the Year – Herman DeProspero

Timothy P. Saab Community Leader – Jim Karinshak

Best of the Best – Monongalia County Schools


Corporate Awards

Bronze ($3,000-$4,999) – Clear Mountain Bank and WesBanco

Silver ($5,000-$9,999) – BB&T, Jackson Kelly, March-Westin and West Virginia Junior College

Gold ($10,000-$24,999) – Anna Long Charitable Trust, Huntington Bank, Lynch Foundation and United Bank

Platinum ($25,000-$99,999) – First Energy, Mon Health and WVU Medicine

Diamond ($100,000+) – Mylan Pharmaceuticals