Volunteers, business leaders, donors, and other guests gathered at the Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club on April 20, 2018, to celebrate United Way of Sumner County's 2017 40th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign and to honor those who played a role in our success over the past year.
In addition to revealing a record-setting 2017 fundraising total of $967,611, 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 2017 our best year ever!
Below, you will find links to press releases from the 2017 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 Heather Svien and Ruby Hue Photography for documenting this year's Campaign Celebration Breakfast.
- 2017 UWSC Celebration Breakfast Press Release
- UWSC Campaign History
- 2017 Campaign at a Glance
- 2017 Campaign Award Winners
UWSC Campaign Manager Erin Birch welcomes the audience to the 2017 Campaign Celebration Breakfast at Bluegrass Country Club.
UWSC Board Chair Dr. Del Phillips thanks the audience for helping raise a record-setting amount during the 2017 fundraising campaign.
UWSC Board Chair Dr. Del Phillips presents a plaque to 2017 Campaign Chair James Fenton for his service to the citizens of Sumner county.
Staff from Salvus Center receive the David Brown Parrish Award for being the UWSC Partner Agency with the largest United Way campaign.
The Sumner County Schools Maintenance Department, under the direction of Assistant Director of Schools for Facilities and Support Services Andy Brown, took home the award for Most Innovative Campaign Activity. The Department's Vendor Fair raised more than $16,000.
ITW CIP in Gallatin won the award for Best Campaign Event, a year-round effort of employee engagement that led to raising $127,000 for United Way of Sumner County.
Sumner Regional Medical Center's Rachel Lassiter accepts the award for Most Improved Campaign. SRMC's campaign totaled $13,500 from 53 donors, a 600% increase in dollars raised over the previous year.
Hendersonville High School was honored with the Learning to Give Award for being the largest individual school campaign in the County. HHS took home the award for the fourth consecutive year by raising $10,321.
Publix Super Markets, with stores in Gallatin, Goodlettsville, and Hendersonville, won the Leadership Givers Award. Out of 248 employee donations totaling $83,440, 60 employees made contributions in excess of the $500 Leadership Giving level. Those donations totaled $53,820. After accepting the award from UWSC Campaign Manager Erin Birch, Hendersonville Store Manager Maggie Neely and Publix District Manager Dave Fulmer presented UWSC with a corporate match check for $60,700 from Publix Corporate Charities.
Sumner County Schools recieved the Torchbearer's Awad for highest employee giving. More than 1,800 school district employees donated $120,000 during the 2017 campaign.
Sumner County Schools Assistant Director for Facilities and Support Services Andy Brown was honored as UWSC's Fundraiser of the Year.
Amie Davenport from ITW CIP was recogized as the first winner of UWSC's Advocate of the Year Award.
UWSC Board Treasurer Michael Morrison from TriStar Skyline Medical Center received the 2017 Terry Colwell Volunteer of the Year Award for his work with the United Way staff during its transition period.
Sumner County Schools received the Hugh Carpenter Award for best campaign of the year. The school district raised a total of $162,000 during its United Way Campaign, an increase of $56,000 over 2016.
UWSC Board Chair-Elect Lindy Gaughan addresses the breakfast audience and shares her goals for the coming year's campaign that will mark the beginning of our organization's fifth decade of serving others.
UWSC Board Members Justin Fontenot, Lindy Gaughan, Leisa Byars, Rev. Allen Weller, Mark Bolen, Scott Langford, Betty Hilgadiack, Dr. Chad Swan, Jimmy Johnston, Michael Morrison, and Dr. Del Phillips pose with the record-setting 2017 campaign banner following the conclusion of the Celebration Breakfast.
UWSC Campaign Manager Erin Birch, Marketing & Communications Manager Steve Doremus, and Finance Manager Danielle Robinson pose with the record-setting 2017 campaign banner at the conclusion of the Celebration Breakfast.