DECATUR—The United Way had another strong year in fundraising in 2014.
The organization’s 2014 campaign, which lasted from August through January, raised $1.5 million for local community organizations. That number is down from the previous year’s total of over $2 million.
United Way executive director Debbie Bogle says the organization wrapped up their second year of a two year funding cycle, so despite funding being lower than last year, all of their organizations will be funded at the same levels, “It’s very important for our organizations to continue getting the funding that they need. We had some great campaigns this year, some organizations that have been great for us in recent years really stepped up.”
One of those companies that stepped up was Hickory Point Bank, which took home the ‘Campaign of the Year’ Award on Thursday night for their efforts in raising over $52,000, a 4% increase over last year.
“The community is important to the bank so anytime we have an effort to give back we want to take advantage of it. Our employees feel very strongly about supporting the United Way and what they do for so it’s a natural fit for us,” said Brett Swallow with Hickory Point.
“When we got the call it was exciting and we shared it immediately with our employees to let them know that we got this award because of them and it was a reason to celebrate,” Swallow added.
Other awards on the night went to Consociate-Dansig, which won the ‘A Company that Cares’ Award, Caterpillar employee Tony Piraino won Volunteer of the Year, and Don Burke and Tony Wilkins both won ECL of the Year awards.
The United Way also gave out 5 ‘Live United’ awards, those went to Sikich, LLP, Tate & Lyle, Jim Moore, Aric & Katie Lee, and Richland Community College.
“We wouldn’t be able to do what we do or help who we help without the generosity of our volunteers, whether it is time or treasure, we appreciate it all,” Bogle said.