United Way of St. Charles announced at their Victory Celebration on Thursday, February 20th, that they have raised $69,051 more than this time last year.
“To date, United Way of St. Charles has raised a total of $2,503,555. This is quite an increase from last year’s campaign as well as the largest fundraising campaign in the organization’s history,” stated Ricky Cheramie, UWSC Campaign co-chair for 2013-2014.
The Victory Celebration, held at Ormond Plantation 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 Shloe Jeffery, 2013-2014 Campaign co-chair, as she 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, Momentive, Turner Industries, and Zachry 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, Catholic Charities, St. Charles Borromeo School, Creative Family Solutions, St. Charles Parish Clerk of Court, St. Charles Parish Hospital, First National Bank, St. Charles Parish Council on Aging, J&K Office Supplies, St. Charles Parish Government, United Way of St. Charles, Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish, and St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The Newcomer’s Award in recognition of companies who conducted a campaign for the first time in 2013 was presented to Latter & Blum, St. Charles Borromeo School, and ADM Destrehan.
The Excellence in Partnership Award was presented to Arc of St. Charles, Alpha Daughters of Zion, American Red Cross, CADA, Catholic Charities, Child Advocacy Services, Creative Family Solutions, SCSO Crisis Assistance Program, Girl Scouts, Metro Center for Women, Norco Adult Day Care, RSVP, St. Charles Community Health Center, St. Charles Parish Council on Aging, St. Charles Parish Hospital Auxiliary, and SCSO TRIAD in celebration of United Way of St. Charles partner agencies who conduct a campaign.
Valero was awarded the highest honor of the night, receiving the UWSC Spirit Award in recognition of the best overall United Way campaign. In 2013-2014, Valero St. Charles Operations raised over $932,066 for United Way.
“It’s easy to see why St. Charles Parish is such a wonderful place,” stated Matt Ward, UWSC Campaign co-chair for 2013-2014. “All of the people in this room have contributed toward making our community a better place to live and work.”
United Way of St. Charles is a non-profit organization, which works to create lasting changes in St. Charles Parish by funding local agencies and developing programs that target education, income and health.
To view additional photos from this event, please visit the UWSC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UWaySC