The United Way of the Eastern Panhandle recognized its members for their outstanding service to the community on Thursday morning at its annual meeting.
United Way campaign volunteers raised close to $1.5 million in 2011, said Paul Espinosa, the incoming chairman of the agency’s board of directors.
Vicki Shean, director of resource development and marketing, said about $194,000 was raised by the three “high givers” of business members in the Eastern Panhandle.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and Slots raised $100,255; City National Bank raised $47,695; and Bank of Charles Town raised $46,287.
Tamilyn Clark of City National Bank earned the Campaign Volunteer of the Year award.
Heather Morgan McIntyre of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce said the Outstanding Partner of the Year award to Morgan County Starting Points, a family resource center in Morgan County, W.Va., was based on innovation, collaboration, advocacy and impact. The award is given for excellence in delivering effective community solutions.
Starting Points is a “go-to organization,” McIntyre said.
“Starting Points has “community impact,” said Executive Director Audrey Morris.
Volunteer of the Year went to Nancy White, the Morgan County, W.Va., campaign chairwoman.
Her goal is “to get more people in Morgan County involved and educate them on how many lives United Way can touch,” she said.
White also was elected as United Way vice chairwoman of the board of directors beginning July 1.
Former United Way President and Chief Executive Officer Jan Callen, who retired recently, was honored at the banquet. A slide show featuring Callen working with other United Way employees and volunteers was shown at the end of the meeting, which was held at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg.
Peter Mulford, the new president and chief executive officer of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, said advancing the common good for community impact and meeting the basic needs is United Way’s mission.