The United Way of Grayson County celebrated a successful fundraising campaign Thursday and honored the companies and organizations that played the biggest role in helping to surpass the year’s goal.
“Today is really your day, because if it wasn’t for you we wouldn’t be able to reach the goals that we had set,” Board President Patrick Rowland told attendees of the 2012 Awards Celebration in the Sherman Municipal Ballroom.
He announced that the organization surpassed it’s $1.35 million campaign goal by $5,000. “This is because of your effort,” Rowland said.
The goal was $50,000 more than last year’s goals, and represents another year of growth for the nonprofit organization. United Way of Grayson County Executive Director David Cortinas said the organization has come a long way since 2005.
“We had gone through some changes in our United Way,” he said. “Some companies had left and we really didn’t know which way we were going in.”
That year the organization raised $1,118,000, which Cortinas said “was a stretch.”
“It’s pleasing to see how far we’ve come in just a few years,” Rowland said. “It’s an excellent number and it was done in the face of adversity. We all know that in this day and age, not only our local community, but nationally … we’re hurting as far as unemployment and jobs, but everybody tends to reach deep into their pockets and support their local communities.”
Cortinas emphasized that the dollars the organization raises are put back into the community through partner agencies that provide support and services for all ages — from Boys and Girls Clubs to Tri-County Senior Nutrition Project — and for all types of challenges — from Grayson Literacy Team to the Crisis Center, which provides support for the victims of family violence and sexual assault.
“We raise it (the money) for people — our neighbors, our friends,” Cortinas said. “Every single dollar that’s raised, it takes effort. … Grayson County has a lot of caring power.”
It was that “caring power” 10 local companies and organizations were recognized for during the awards celebration. The United Way recognized two recipients — large companies or organizations and small ones — in each of the five categories.
The winners are: highest per capita giving — Texoma Medical Center (large company) and Dr Pepper Snapple Group (small company); largest dollar increase — American Bank of Texas (large company) and Bank of Texas (small company); best employee participation — Denison Independent School District (large company) and Landmark Bank (small company); best workplace campaign — Fisher (large company) and Texoma Council of Governments (small company); and best overall campaign — Caterpillar (large company) and Denison Industries (small company). Cigna was also recognized as the 2012 Signature Sponsor.
To learn more about United Way of Grayson County and its partner agencies, visit http://unitedwaygrayson.org.