United Way of St. Charles Holds Largest Campaign in History,
United Way of St. Charles announced at their Victory Celebration on Thursday, March 3rd, that they have raised $168,944 more than this time last year.
“To date, United Way of St. Charles has raised a total of $3,002,113. This is a substantial increase from last year’s campaign as well as the largest fundraising campaign in the organization’s history,” stated McKinley Day Jr., UWSC Campaign co-chair for 2015-2016.
In addition to Day of Covenant Church, other 2015-2016 Campaign co-chairs include Duane Foret of St. Charles Parish Parks & Recreation Department, Nicole Day of Jesse Duplantis Ministries and Leanna Weaver of Entergy Wateford 3.
The Victory Celebration, held at Cypress Lakes Country Club in Destrehan, announced the accomplishments of United Way of St. Charles’ Annual Campaign and recognized companies with success in their workplace campaigns.
“United Way of St. Charles would like to thank all the local industries, businesses, and individuals for their hard work in making this campaign a success. You all should be very proud,” stated Foret, 2015-2016 Campaign co-chair, as he addressed the audience of company leaders and campaign coordinators.
Companies such as Valero St. Charles Refinery, Norco Manufacturing Complex, Rain CII Carbon, Dow St. Charles Operations, Entergy Waterford 3, Monsanto, Cornerstone Chemical Company, OxyChem, ARTCo, Hexion, ADM, Evonik, and Zachry Group received top honors for success in campaign improvement, employee per capita giving, corporate giving, percent participation, and leadership giving.
Also recognized at the Victory Celebration were the non-industry campaigns of St. Charles Parish Public Schools, St. Charles Community Health Center, AM/PM Staffing Services, Glazer’s, St. Charles Parish Hospital, First National Bank USA, St. Charles Parish Government, United Way of St. Charles, and St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The Newcomer’s Award in recognition of companies who conducted a campaign for the first time in 2015 was presented to Evonik, Glazer’s, and W.R. Grace. The Excellence in Partnership Award was presented to Arc of St. Charles, Alpha Daughters of Zion, Boy Scouts, CADA, Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, Catholic Charities, Child Advocacy Services, Creative Family Solutions, Crisis Assistance Program-St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Girl Scouts, Greater New Orleans Therapeutic Riding Center, Metro Center for Women, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, River Region Drama Guild, Second Harvest, St. Charles Parish 4-H Clubs, St. Charles Community Health Center, St. Charles Parish Council on Aging, St. Charles Parish Hospital Auxiliary, TRIAD-St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, VIA Link 2-1-1, Volunteers of America, and Youth Empowerment Project in celebration of United Way of St. Charles partner agencies who conduct a campaign.
Several St. Charles Parish Public School sites were honored as well, including Landry Alternative School, Carver Early Learning Center, Harry Hurst Middle School, J.B. Martin Middle School, Ethel Schoeffner Elementary School and St. Rose Elementary School, in recognition of total campaign improvement.
Valero was awarded the highest honor of the night, receiving the UWSC Spirit Award in recognition of the best overall United Way campaign. In 2015-2016, Valero St. Charles Operations raised $1,065,884 for United Way.
“I am proud to be associated with the most giving employees any company could wish for,” said Ralph Phillip, Vice President and General Manager of Valero St. Charles Refinery. “They willingly give of their time, energy and funds for the most worthy cause.”
United Way of St. Charles is a non-profit organization working to create lasting changes in St. Charles Parish by funding local agencies and developing programs that target education, income and health.
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For more information about United Way of St. Charles or its annual campaign efforts visit www.uwaysc.org or call 985-331-9063.