The Hutchinson County United Way celebrated another successful campaign year Thursday.
During the victory luncheon at Graced Land East, HCUW Executive Director Julie Winters announced that this year’s campaign brought in $625,540.17, exceeding the original goal of $615,000.
Winters said this year’s campaign marks her eighth with the organization. She said it is the work of citizens that makes such campaigns a success.
“United Way is the people of our community,” she said. “It’s people like you who make it work.”
Various awards were given out during the luncheon festivities.
First-Time Campaign Award Recipients – Austin Industrial, Borger News-Herald, Fritch Post Office, Sid Richardson Carbon Company, Team Industrial Services, Turner Energy Services
100% Participation Award Recipients – JcPenney, Borger Bank, Wells-Fargo, Brock Services LTD
$1-$1,499 Giving Range – Borger News-Herald, DISCO, Fritch Post Office, Plains Exploration and Production Company, Team Industrial Services, Turner Energy Services, and JcPenney
$1,500-$2,499 Giving Range – Borger ISD, Guardsmark, Happy State Bank, National Park Service, PSPCISD
$2,500-$4,999 Giving Range – Austin Industrial, B&W Pantex, DCP Midstream, Frank Phillips College, Sid Richardson Carbon Company, Wells-Fargo Bank
$5,000-$9,999 Giving Range – Borger Bank, Borger Post Office, City of Borger, Provenance Consulting, Toot ‘N Totum, Wal-Mart
$10,000-$24,999 Giving Range – Orion Engineered Carbons, Linn Energy, Pioneer Natural Resources, United Supermarket, Valero, Xcel Energy
$25,000-$49,999 Giving Range – Brock Services LTD, Fuzzy’s Radiator, Golden Plains Community Hospital, Zachry
$50,000-$99,999 Giving Range – Agrium, ChevronPhillips
$100,000-$149,999 Giving Range – ConocoPhillips
Happy State Bank was recognized for having the most creative fundraiser with its pumpkin decorating contest.
Also recognized were companies that increased their giving in this year’s campaign. Among those were recognized were as follows: Brock Services LTD, 248%; Happy State Bank, 80%; Wells-Fargo, 52%; Pioneer Natural Resources, 46%; Fuzzy’s Radiator, 40%; ChevronPhillips, 30%; and City of Borger, 28%.
Receiving the Big Heart Award were Xcel Energy, Pioneer Natural Resources, and Agrium. The recipient of the Spirit of Hutchinson County Award was Brock Services LTD. Receiving the Cornerstone Award was ConocoPhillips.
Happy State Bank, Borger Bank, and Wells-Fargo Bank participated in the Bank Challenge (Traveling Trophy). Winning this year’s challenge was Happy State Bank with $1,564.70 in giving, averaging to $323.53 per employee and 71 percent participation.
Participating in the Small Industry Challenge (Traveling Trophy) wer Golden Plains Community Hospital, Sid Richardson Carbon Company, Orion Engineered Carbons, Xcel Energy, Zachry, and Pioneer Natural Resources. Xcel Energy won the challenge with $10,167 in giving, averaging to $376.54 per employee and 63 percent giving.
ConocoPhillips, ChevronPhillips, and Agrium participated in the Big Industry Challenge. Agrium won the challenge with $35,568 in giving, averaging to $515.48 per employee, and 97 percent particpation.
Winters recognized various organizations for their contributions to this year’s campaign efforts, including ConocoPhillips for the printing of brochures, Agrium, Xcel Energy, and Linn Energy for being t-shirt sponsors, Golden Plains Community Hospital for the donation of a billboard spot on Wilson Street, and Graced Land East for the use of their facilities for the luncheon.
She also recognized Robert Wells, a Fritch resident and Agrium employee, for winning the 2011 Camaro that was given away in the United Way raffle fundraiser.
Volunteers for the Day of Caring held earlier this fall were also recognized. Sixty houses were a part of the project, and volunteers went around the area doing small household projects for the elderly and disabled.
Winters thanked all of those who gave generously in this year’s campaign.
“The agencies are the ones who benefit,” she said. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”