United Way of Sumner County held its 2018 Community Celebration Breakfast at Bluegrass Country Club on Friday, April 26. A record-setting crowd of more than 115 people attended the event that included a review of the past year's campaign, recognition of the year's top campaigns, fundraisers, advocates, and volunteers, and a look forward to the 2019 Campaign.
UWSC Executive Director Steve Doremus announced that the current 2018 Campaign total stands at $856,300, but the books remain open pending notification of a large corporate donation that has been delayed. The campaign will be officially closed and a final total announced once that information is received.
Thank you to Pinnacle Financial for sponsoring this year's Breakfast, and thank you to Robert Smith for volunteering as our event photographer.
Thank you to everyone who made our Campaign Celebration Breakfast, and our year, a great success!
Scroll through the photos below to see the speakers and award winners from this year's Breakfast. Unable to attend the Breakfast and not pictured are 2018 Most Improved Campaign Award Winner ITW Dynatec and 2018 Advocate of the Year Award Winner Mike Shelton.
Also not pictured are 2018 James W. Hawkins Award winners who, according to UWSC records, had 100% campaign participation: Howard Elementary School, Indian Lake Elementary School, Portland Gateview Elementary School, Salvus Center, Senior Citizens of Hendersonville, Watt Hardison Elementary School, and Westmoreland Elementary School.
UWSC Finance Manager Danielle Robinson checks in guests at the Celebration Breakfast.
Guests from event sponsor Pinnacle Financial chat before the start of the Celebration Breakfast at Bluegrass Country Club.
Elaine Broyles from HATS, a UWSC partner agency, talks with UWSC Executive Director Steve Doremus prior to the start of the Breakfast program.
UWSC Chief Development Officer Erin Birch talks with guests at the Publix table before the start of the Celebration Breakfast.
UWSC Board Chair Lindy Gaughan greets UWSC Board Member Grace Oliver and Rhonda Marko as they arrive at the Breakfast.
UWSC Board Chair Lindy Gaughan looks on as guest Jim Hawkins and UWSC Board Member Pat Conner arrive for the Celebration Breakfast.
Former UWSC Board Member Justin Fontenot from ServisFirst Bank leads guests through the buffet line at the annual Community Celebration Breakfast.
Hendersonville High School Principal Bob Cotter and Westmoreland High School Principal Rick Duffer chat before the start of the Community Celebration.
UWSC Chief Development Officer Erin Birch talks with Breakfast guests before the start of the Community Celebration Breakfast.
Guests go through the breakast buffet line at UWSC's annual Community Celebration Breakfast held on April 26 at Bluegrass Country Club in Hendersonville.
UWSC Board Member and Executive Allocations Committee Chair Pat Gizelar greets Salvus Center Board Member Ben Duggan as UWSC Board Members Norman Rubio and Rev. Allen Weller look on.
A record-setting number of guests enjoyed breakfast and fellowship prior to the start of UWSC's annual Community Celebration Breakfast on April 26 at Bluegrass Country Club.
Jim Hawkins, 45th District State Rep. and former UWSC Board Chair Johnny Garrett, UWSC Board Chair Lindy Gaughan, UWSC Campaign Chair Regina Bartlett, and UWSC Executive Director Steve Doremus stop for a photo prior to the start of the morning's program.
UWSC Board Member Rev. Allen Weller shares a story with the audience before leading the morning's invocation.
Guests listen to presentations during the annual UWSC Community Celebration Breakfast.
UWSC Executive Director Steve Doremus announces the incomplete 2018 Campaign total of $856,300.
Guests listen to a speaker during the annual UWSC Community Celebration Breakfast.
UWSC Board Chair Lindy Gaughan thanks the record-setting crowd for its help in making 2018 a great year for United Way of Sumner County.
Breakfast guests listen to the comments of United Way Board Chair Lindy Gaughan.
UWSC 2018 Board Chair and TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center CEO Regina Bartlett speaks to the audience about the 2018 campaign year.
Guests listen to UWSC Campaign Chair Regina Bartlett as she talks about the past year's fundraising efforts.
UWSC Executive Director Steve Doremus introduces UWSC Team members to the Breakfast audience: (L-R) Chief Development Officer Erin Birch, Projects Coordinator Toni Dew, and Finance Manager Danielle Robinson.
Breakfast guests listen as UWSC Executive Director Steve Doremus introduces members of the United Way of Sumner County team.
Salvus Center Board Member Ben Duggan accepted the David Brown Parrish Award for best Partner Agency Campaign on behalf of Salvus Center.
Amie Davenport and April Wanner from ITW CIP accept the award for Most Innovative Campaign Event from UWSC Cheif Development Officer Erin Birch. ITW CIP earned the recognition for promoting UWSC at its company booth during last fall's Gallatin Main Street Festival.
UWSC Chief Develpment Officer Erin Birch presents the award for Best Campaign Event to Sumner County Assistant Director of Schools for Facilities and Support Services Andy Brown for the Maintenance Deptartment's Vendor Fair, which raised more than $19,000 for United Way.
UWSC Chief Development Officer Erin Birch presents the Learning to Give Award to Hendersonville High School Principal Bob Cotter, Campaign Coordinator Debbie Sheets, and Faculty Member Jeff Phillips for the fifth consecutive year. HHS raised just over $12,000 for United Way of Sumner County, an all-time record for any school in the county. Overall, the Sumner County Schools campaign raised $159,000 for United Way in 2018, with 24 school locations posting increases over the prior year. Indian Lake was the top fundraising elementary school with a total of $9,719, and Ellis Middle School was the top ranked middle school with a total of $3,328.
UWSC Chief Development Officer Erin Birch presents the Leadership Givers Award to Mark Charest of Publix Supermarkets. Two-hundred-and-forty-six associates from Publix stores in Gallatin, Goodlettsville, and Hendersonville donated $74,000 to the 2018 United Way campaign, of which $41,756 was given by 43 leadership donors with gifts in excess of $500.
Sumner County Schools employees accept the Torchbearer Award for the campaign that raised the most money through employee donations. Sumner County Schools employees contributed $117,600 to United Way in 2018.
Primrose School of Hendersonville and Lynn Johnson were honored by Chief Development Officer Erin Birch as UWSC's Newcomer of the Year after joining the organization as a Presenting Sponsor of the Bloomin' Bash Gala and serving as a member of the Gala organizing committee.
Aubrey and Allie Birch were honored as winners of the Director's Award for Youth Leadership & Volunteerism for their work on the 2018 Campaign Kickoff and other activities throughout the year by UWSC Board Chair Lindy Gaughan and UWSC Executive Director Steve Doremus.
UWSC Chief Development Officer Erin Birch presents the 2018 Fundraiser of the Year Award to Bob Cotter and Debbie Sheets from Hendersonville High School.
UWSC Chief Development Officer Erin Birch presents the 2018 Fundraiser of the Year Award to Bob Cotter and Debbie Sheets from Hendersonville High School. Including the $12,000 raised in 2018, the duo has spearheaded campaigns that raised more than $42,000 over the past five years.
UWSC Projects Coordinator Toni Dew presents the 2018 Advocate of the Year Award to Mike Shelton, director of the Sumner County Schools Family Resource Center.
UWSC Finance Manager Danielle Robinson presents the 2018 Terry Colwell Volunteer of the Year Award to Norman Rubio.
UWSC Finance Manager Danielle Robinson presents the 2018 Terry Colwell Volunteer of the Year Award to Norman Rubio for his work on the annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive and his service on UWSC's Board of Directors and Executive Allocations Committee.
TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center received the 2018 Hugh Carpenter Award for Best Campaign of the Year. The hospital posted the largest dollar increase of any campaign in Sumner County during the year, jumping by more than $12,000. Pictured receiving the award from UWSC Executive Director Steve Doremus are Mark Bolen, CEO Regina Bartlett, and Stephen Bearden.