Award winners included Child Focus Inc., Brown County Helping Hands, Total Quality Logistics, and Park National Bank.
“I am honored to be able to recognize a few community partners who have made our success possible,” Debra Gordon, director of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati-Eastern Area, said.
The Vision Award went to Child Focus Inc., an organization that serves more that 5,000 youth in Clermont County and surrounding communities, for the vision and leadership they demonstrated by creating and implementing a systemic change plan that aligned with the United Way’s agenda for community impact.
“Child focus has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to early childhood development in Clermont County,” Sarah Ghee, community impact associate at United Way of Greater Cincinnati, said during the presentation.
The Exemplary Service Award went to Brown County Helping Hands, an organization that provides necessary items to individuals in need in Brown County. The organization received the award for executing United Way program specifications in an exemplary manner.
Brown County Helping Hands was also honored at the ceremony for celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.
“Thank you for being a pillar in the community,” Ghee said.
JoAnn Kattine, of Brown County Helping Hands, accepted the award for the organization.
“It keeps coming together,” Kattine said about the organization. “And with everyone working together, we can keep it together.”
Total Quality Logistics, a growing Clermont County freight brokerage firm, received the Resources Award for making significant contributions to the success of the eastern area through time, money, advocacy or other contributions.
Susan Grosse, senior associate of development at the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, said TQL worked to introduce a new practice within their company during 2011, and the company had 591 new donors. She said the company also worked to develop eastern area training for the United Way.
“We’re truly honored to be part of this organization,” Adam Fraser, of TQL, said after receiving the award.
The final award winner honored at the breakfast was Park National Bank. The company received the Marty MacVeigh Leadership Award in honor of Marty MacVeigh’s dedication to improving the lives of people in the community. Park National Bank was chosen from all the nominations submitted in 2011 to receive the award.
“Park National Bank had 100 percent staff participation,” Grosse said about the company. “They had an overall campaign increase of 80 percent.”
David Gooch, president of Park National Bank of Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky, received the award for the company.
“I want to thank the individuals who work for the agencies that the United Way supports,” Gooch said.
“To be a recipient of the MacVeigh Leadership Award is very humbling.”
Several organizations and individuals also received honorable mentions at the ceremony including Center Bank for the Resources Award, Clermont Community Services Inc., for the Exemplary Service Award and Jill Cochran of the Boys and Girls Club of Clermont County for the Vision Award.
For more information about the United Way of Greater Cincinnati-Eastern Area visit www.uwgc.org.