Char-Em United Way’s annual Celebration Breakfast Thursday served to recognize numerous community-service efforts, some of them happening in partnership with United Way and others through different channels.
More than 100 people were on hand for the awards program at the Odawa Casino Resort. Among them were United Way leaders, staff, volunteers and contributors, and representatives of organizations supported through United Way fundraising.
“It helps us share the success from our recent campaign and thank those involved,” said local United Way board president Bob Carlile as he opened the program. “Without our volunteers, our success would simply not be possible.”
The annual John Newton Award of Excellence was among the honors presented Thursday. Named for the late John Newton, a local banker and past United Way board member, the award is given annually to an individual as well as an organization to honor significant efforts on behalf of health and human services locally. Newton’s wife, Donna, presented the honors.
Sue Morris received the individual honor this year in recognition of her work with the local Bike 4 Breast Cancer and Pink Ribbon Ride.
“Since 2002, she has been instrumental in this breast cancer fundraising event,” Donna Newton said.
The Newton Award for an organization was shared this year by The Church Hammers and The Tools of Faith, groups of churches from around Emmet and Charlevoix counties which help Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity assemble volunteers and funds for its efforts to build affordable housing.
“The work of both groups has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars of value in volunteer labor for Habitat in Emmet and Charlevoix counties,” Newton said.
Aiding the campaign
Char-Em United Way leadership also shared highlights from the 2010-11 fundraising campaign. The campaign surpassed its $350,000 goal, ultimately securing $384,788 in donations and pledges.
On Thursday, United Way acknowledged the efforts of the campaign’s co-chairpersons, local chamber of commerce leaders Carlin Smith and Erin Bemis, as well as nine division chairpersons and numerous other volunteers.
Also noted were members of the Tocqueville Society. This recognition category is named for Alexis de Tocqueville, a 19th century French scholar of American democracy. Those making contributions of $10,000 or more to the United Way qualify.
Achieving Tocqueville Society status for 2010-11 were the Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation, Eli Lilly and Co., the Frey Foundation, Vaughan and Nancy Bryson, David G. Frey, Ted and Brenda Frey, Bruce and Susan Herard and Robert C. Pew.
United Way also acknowledged contributors that achieved Leadership Circle status through donations of $500 or more, including 133 individual/family donors and 32 business donors.
Campaign co-chairman Smith noted that individual and small business giving grew for 2010-11, with the local United Way’s first “Small Business Blitz” recruiting 70 new small business donors.
But workplace campaigns — at businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations — continue to account for the majority of Char-Em United Way’s fundraising. United Way recognized several workplace campaigns and volunteers which provided exceptional efforts and results this year.
The Bergmann Center received the “You’ve Got a Friend” award, which honors the best campaign by a partner agency receiving United Way funding.
Odawa Casino Resort was honored with the “When You Believe” award, in recognition of the best first-year workplace campaign.
Petoskey city planner Amy Tweeten was recognized as “Campaigner of the Year,” a designation given to an individual workplace campaign coordinator or team providing exemplary leadership in an organization’s campaign.
Harbor Industries received the Outstanding Campaign award, which recognizes innovative techniques, results, participation and increase.
Honored with the Community Builder award, which recognizes new workplace campaigns for 2010-11, were the Bay View Association, Camp Daggett, Fox Motors, Korthase Flinn, Meijer, Northern Michigan Regional Hospital Management Team, Odawa Casino Resort and Town and Country Cedar Homes.
Recipients of the “You Raise Me Up Award,” recognizing workplace campaigns that increased their giving by 8 percent or more in 2010-11, included AT&T, Bergmann Center, Chase, the cities of Boyne City and Petoskey, Clark Construction, DTE Energy and Foundation, East Jordan Public Schools, Emmet County, Fifth Third Bank, Fletch’s, Great Lakes Energy, Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Michigan Scientific Corp., North Central Michigan College, North Country Community Mental Health, Northwestern Bank, St. Marys Cement and Women’s Resource Center.
United Way also noted several organizations assisting its campaign with in-kind gifts, including Northern Michigan Regional Hospital, Spartan Stores/Glen’s Market of Charlevoix, Odawa Casino Resort and the Mason and Kammermann accounting firm.
For its 2011-12 campaign, expected to kick off in late summer, Char-Em United Way has set a campaign goal of $380,000. If this goal is achieved, the Frey Foundation will provide an additional $20,000 through a challenge grant.
For 2010-11, Char-Em United Way allocated $204,065 in community investment allocations to partner agencies and their programs. In selecting recipients, priority was given to proposals that help advance education, family income/financial stability and health concerns. Partner agencies supported include American Red Cross, Beaver Island Rural Health Center, Bergmann Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boy Scouts Scenic Trails, Boyne Area Alano Club, Boyne City Pre-School, Boyne Valley Food Pantry, Camp Daggett, Catholic Human Services, Char-Em Financial Literacy Collaborative, Child Abuse Council, Child and Family Services, Early Learners Program, Exceptional Riders, Friendship Centers of Emmet County, Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore, Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Hospice of Northwest Michigan, Manna Food Project, North Country Kids, Northern Community Mediation, Northern Health Plan, Northern Homes, Salvation Army, Third Level Crisis Intervention Center, Vital Care, Women’s Resource Center and YMCA.
Of United Way’s $349,900 in projected expenses for 2010-11, approximately 70 percent involves program/agency allocations and designations, 19 percent other local program contributions, 5 percent administrative expenses, 5 percent fundraising and 1 percent for dues to higher-level United Way organizations.