Volunteers, business leaders, donors, and other guests gathered at the Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club on April 13, 2017, to celebrate United Way of Sumner County's 2016 fundraising campaign and to honor those who played a role in our success over the past year.
In addition to revealing a record-setting 2016 fundraising total of $945,224, awards were presented to many individuals and businesses that helped raise the funds that will support UWSC's local partner agencies, which meet health, educational and human service needs of Sumner County residents.
Thank You to everyone who played a role in making 2016 our best year ever!
Below, you will find links to press releases from the 2016 Campaign Celebration Breakfast that include information on the history of UWSC's fundraising campaigns and details about all of the award winners from this year's event.
Under the press releases, we have posted photos from the Breakfast for your enjoyment. Special thanks to Don Claussen and Trap the Light Photography for documenting this year's Campaign Celebration Breakfast.
- 2016 UWSC Celebration Breakfast Press Release
- UWSC Campaign History
- 2016 Campaign at a Glance
- 2016 Campaign Award Winners
Table settings featured a preview of UWSC themes and messaging for the 2017 Campaign.
BRUCE, the Million Dollar Moose UWSC Campaign Mascot, greeted guests at the door and offered encouragement for the 2017 Campaign.
UWSC's Karen Boone greets UWSC Board Member Rev. Allen Weller as he arrives for the Breakfast.
The breakfast buffet line was a popular place before the morning's program began.
Approximately 90 members of the community attended the Campaign Celebration Breakfast.
The morning's program began with an invocation by County Commission Chairman and UWSC Board Member Scott Langford.
UWSC President & CEO Dana M. Given welcomed guests to the celebration and recapped events of the past 12 months.
For the third consecutive year, and the fifth time in the past six years, a record-setting campaign banner was unveiled at the 2016 Celebration Breakfast. The 2016 Campaign posted an increase of 1.6% ($14,825) over the amount raised in 2015.
UWSC President & CEO Dana M. Given expressed appreciation for the community's commitment to moving the organization forward during the 2016 Campaign.
2016-17 UWSC Board Chair Leisa Byars thanked everyone who played a role in supporting the record-setting 2016 Campaign.
James Fenton, Executive Director of the Gallatin Economic Development Agency and 2016 UWSC Campaign Chair, praised the community for boosting UWSC to it's sixth campaign increase in the past seven years.
UWSC Board Chair Leisa Byars presents 2016 Campaign Chair James Fenton with a plaque of appreciation for his work on behalf of the organization over the past year.
TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center received the award for Best Campaign Event for its campaign parade and pep rally to support United Way. HR Business Partner Erin Freeman accepted the award for the hospital.
Indian Lake Elementary School won the award for the Most-Improved Campaign for its efforts to boost fundraising from $2,100 to $5,900 in a single year. Pictured accepting the award are Campaign Coordinator Amy Easter, Principal Ondie Mitchell, and Campaign Coordinator Sarah Sutton.
Windham Professionals took home the Newcomer's Award for best new campaign. The campaign raised approximately $13,000 in its first year. Human Resources Manager Anita Martin (right) accepted the award.
For the third consecutive year, Campaign Coordinator Debbie Sheets and Principal Bob Cotter accepted the Learning to Give Award on behalf of Hendersonville High School. HHS raised $8,816 for United Way in 2016, the most ever raised by a Sumner County school.
Publix Supermarkets in Gallatin, Goodlettsville, and Hendersonville won the Leadership Givers Award for having the most leadership donors (more than $500) of any campaign in 2016. Of the $78,335 donated by Publix Associates in 2016, 52 Leadership Donors contributed $51,740 to United Way. Pictured receiving the award are Gallatin Manager Scott Mullins and Goodlettsville Manager Norman Rubio.
Sumner County Schools Campaign Coordinator Katie Brown accepted the Most Innovative Campaign Activity Award on behalf of the Central Office and the Torchbearer Award on behalf of the school system at the Breakfast. The Most Innovative Campaign Event consisted of five consecutive "dress-up" days at the Central Office, with themes like Fashion Disasters, Movie Characters, Superheroes/Villains, and The Fifties, to launch the district's 2016 campaign. Sumner County Schools raised $91,779 in employee donations in 2016 to win the Torchbearer Award for highest employee giving of any campaign.
The 2016 Regina Bartlett Fundraiser of the Year Award for achieving distinction through a direct impact on fundraising was presented to the 2017 Boots & Bling Organizing Committee. The committee was recognized for raising $40,000 through its volunteer-led and volunteer-driven effort to put on UWSC's signature fundraising event. Pictured are committee members Leigh Williams, Amy Ramsey, Rhonda Sapp, Laura Dye, Committee Chair Susan Gaimari, Yvette Gregory, Kelley Crecelius, and Mandi Murphy.
Pat Gizelar was presented with the 2016 Terry Colwell Volunteer of the Year Award for her efforts to create and implement a paperless grant application and allocations process for United Way of Sumner County. Pictured are UWSC Board Chair Leisa Byars, Gizelar, and UWSC President & CEO Dana M. Given.
Sumner County Schools raised a total of $105,826 in 2016, an increase of 20% over 2015, to take home the 2016 Hugh Carpenter Award for Best Campaign of the Year. During the campaign 33 schools raised more money than in 2015, with 18 locations setting all-time United Way fundraising records for their schools.
Breakfast attendees were the first to see UWSC's new 40th Anniversary logo that will be used extensively over the coming year.
2016-17 UWSC Board Chair-Elect and Sumner County Director of Schools Dr. Del Phillips encouraged the audience to get others involved over the coming year to help UWSC raise $1 million during it's 40th Anniversary Campaign.
Members of the UWSC Board of Directors posed for a photo with the record-setting 2016 Campaign Banner at the conclusion of the Celebration Breakfast. Pictured are (L-R) Michael Morrison, Pat Gizelar, Michele Owens, Dr. Del Phillips, Richard Polka, Board Chair Leisa Byars, Teri Schweiger, UWSC President & CEO Dana Given, Dr. Chad Swan, Laura Rivera, Don Ames, Rev. Allen Weller, Justin Fontenot, and Campaign Chair James Fenton.