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Rappahannock United Way recognizes community heroes

 You may not see capes billowing past your office or masked men and women in their classrooms, vehicles, or meetings. But the Fredericksburg area is filled with “everyday heroes.”

During Rappahannock United Way’s 2011 Annual Campaign, RUW staff and supporters called on community members to be heroes to those in need—and the community responded, raising a total of $3,544,379.21. 

These gifts will impact the lives of thousands of individuals and families in the Fredericksburg area.

Today, RUW hosted its annual Campaign Celebration and Awards Luncheon, an event to recognize and thank corporate contributors, community leaders, nonprofit partners, loyal donors and dedicated volunteers for their collective effort to make the 2011 Campaign a success.

RUW recognized organizations and individuals who went above and beyond to host successful  United Way campaigns.

  The following companies’ campaigns won awards for Best Campaign: Union First Market Bank; Hilldrup Moving & Storage; Carter Machinery; URS; BB&T; Rappahannock Area Community Services Board; Bowling, Franklin, & Co., LLP; Target; and Little Tire Company, Inc. 

Rappahannock United Way also recognized Union First Market Bank as a new member of the Chairman’s Division, workplaces that raise over $100,000.  Union First Market Bank joined GEICO and Mary Washington Healthcare in this division after increasing its campaign total by 27% from the previous year. 

Each year, RUW recognizes companies with its Chairman’s Awards of Excellence, awards that distinguish four workplaces for notable accomplishments.  For the 2011 Campaign, GEICO won Excellence in Leadership Giving.  GEICO established a Leadership Circle comprised of employees who gave $500 and above and raised almost $190,000 in Leadership Gifts.  The Free Lance-Star was awarded Excellence in Employee Engagement for its innovative ways of generating excitement around the campaign, including a filmed skit, employee incentives and luncheons, and a trivia contest.  Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) won Excellence in Corporate Spirit.  REC increased participation, engaging its employees with a game show week to spark enthusiasm and educate about the cause.  Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) won Best Overall Campaign.  MWHC increased its number of leadership donors, established incentives for donors new and old, hosted over 60 employee meetings, and held 18 fundraising events, including cake pop sales, silent auctions, and a taco fiesta.

Rappahannock United Way also recognized volunteers who championed the United Way cause within their workplaces.  Sandy Heckman of SunTrust, Sharon Johnson of Printpack, Inc., and Sandy Fudge of URS were recognized for their commitment to improving the community through RUW through their workplace’s campaigns.