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The United Way of Muskingum, Perry and Morgan counties held their annual celebration this evening.
"What we're doing is celebrating the good work and the partnerships that we experienced throughout the year," said Meg Deedrick, United Way, Executive Director. "We take this oportunity to honor individuals in many different areas that have helped contribute in their own way to the success that we've experienced this past year".
Several Community Leader Awards were given out during the event.
The Legacy and Special Honor award was received by Bill Phillips.
The Presidents Award is awarded to an individual who makes significant volunteer contributions that impact theit community. Ms.Deborah Hutcheson, Employee Relations Manager at the Kellogg Zanesville Plant recieved the award.
The Chairperson's Award is awarded to a volunteer who contributed to the campaign's success in a large way. The award recipient was Jesse Rollins, Administrative Officer at North Valley Bank.
The Arlene and Clay Littick Service Award is given to the individual who best exemplifies the Sprit of the United Way. Ms. Cindi Dale, Senior HR Coodinator for the Nestle Purina PetCare Zanesville Plant recieved the award.
The Cole and Thomas Lifetime Service Award is given to an individual who's many years of service to the United Way has had a permanent, profound, and positive effect on the organization. Community leader Elden Hudson recieved the award.
The 2013-2014 Campaign Chair, Matt Joseph, also reviewed the past campaign and recognized Core Cabinet and Loaned Executives. Joseph also led the ceremonial Passing of the Baton and introduced the 2014-2015 United Way Campaign Chair, Mr. Eric Holsky.
"I grew up in this community, I've lived here all my life," said Holsky. "Just being around and seeing what they do day to day in the community, a lot of it happens behind the scenes. I don't think a lot of people really know what they and the agencies do. Over the years agencies have changed somewhat, but it's all the same. We're helping the community. It can be in helping youth, it can be in helping as a safety net. Income, education and healthcare are our pillars."
According to the United way website, United Way envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. They aim to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. You can find more at their website www.unitedway.org.