United Way of Indian River County hosted its annual donor appreciation event on Monday, February 12 at Quail Valley River Club. The event is held each year to celebrate and thank those in the community who have donated to the United Way, both leadership and loyal donors. Leadership donors are those who have donated at least $1,000 every year to the United Way, and Loyal contributors are those who have donated to any United Way for ten or more years.
“This event allows us to celebrate and thank United Way’s largest and longest donors,” said Michael Kint, CEO, United Way of Indian River County, (UWIRC). “It was absolutely wonderful to share the evening with so many ‘friends of the family’, some of whom have been United Way supporters for more than 50 years,” Kint added.
The event was graciously sponsored by Northern Trust, a 27-year partner of United Way of Indian River County. Northern Trust has also served as a Torchbearer Campaign Partner for eight years, pledging to raise a minimum of $12,000 in employee and corporate giving.
The evening’s guest speaker, Chris Kohlstedt, Principal of Pelican Island Elementary, spoke about the new Community Partnership School Project that has allowed the school to become an asset to the community by making resources more easily available to those in need. United Way of Indian River County Board Member and Indian River County School District Superintendent, Dr. Mark Rendell, described the program as an opportunity to bring together a wide variety of partners to offer a range of services and opportunities for children, youth, families, and communities. The project is a new type of partnership for United Way to fund, but in following the organization’s Community Impact Model, they made a commitment to find innovative solutions to needs in the community.