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Celebrating Our Work Together

"Thank you for helping United Way of Indian River County become a better, stronger, more impactful organization. We are honored to have you all working in partnership with us," Michael Kint, CEO.

Thanks especially to: Board of Directors - Jackie Robinson Celebration Game Steering Committee - Day of Caring Committee - Mail Volunteers - Campaign Co-Chairs - Business & Professional Cabinet - Residential Cabinet - Major Accounts Team - Elite Campaign Sponsors - Torchbearers - Loaned Executives - Vision Councils - Advisory Groups - Volunteer Income Tax Preparers - Citizens Review Panel Chairs - Citizens Review Panel Members - Event Sponsors - Workplace Campaigns - Fundraising Event Volunteers - Alexis de Tocqueville Society - Loyal Contributors - Leadership Investment Association - and everyone who supported this critical work in the past year.

Seven Campaign Co-chairs were delivered packages by UPS at the United Way of Indian River County Thank You Celebration on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Grand Harbor in Vero Beach. Once opened, 3 foot tall balloons in the shape of numbers formed the amount raised to date in the annual fundraising campaign, $3,004,570.

“The theme here tonight will be ‘Thank you’,” explained Randy Riley, Chairman of the United Way Board of Directors. “The work of United Way is carried out largely by community members, including most of you, and we’re taking this opportunity to pay tribute to all who GIVE, ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER.” Riley welcomed Andrew Weintraub, representing the evening’s sponsor, HealthFirst Health Plans.

Katie Kirk, who serves as both a Campaign Co-chair and a United Way Board member, thanked all those working on what United Way calls Community Impact. “Tonight we want to thank all of you who volunteer in this area; Vision Council members; those who helped start and grow the Kindergarten Readiness initiative; Volunteer Income Tax Preparers; Citizen Review panelists; and our amazing Funded Partners. None of our successes could happen without you.”

Dontravious Williams, a graduating high school senior, spoke of his experience learning to study at a local afterschool program. Now he works part time, volunteers by helping other children with homework at Dasie Hope Center, and donates back to the community through payroll deduction. “He gives, he advocates, and he volunteers,” explained Margaret Ostman, United Way Marketing Director.

Lisa Giessert, retired Piper employee and long-time United Way supporter thanked the hundreds of volunteers that work on the fundraising campaign. “Publix makes its own charitable news locally, statewide and regionally, but you ought to know,” she explained, “in Indian River County the Publix employee and corporate contributions topped the half-a-million mark!!! Thank you, Publix!”

Michael Kint, CEO, finished out the program. “So - thank you … thank you … to everyone who played a role.  And again, congratulations for helping the United Way become a better, stronger, more impactful organization. I am honored to have you all working in partnership with us. . . It is now my great pleasure to formally introduce, (for likely the last time), the ladies we affectionately call the Sensational Seven.   Please join me, and welcome Kerry Bartlett, Susan Chenault, Janie Graves Hoover, Katie Kirk, Leah Muller, Lenora Ritchie, and Sue Tompkins. Hundreds of hours, countless events, many speaking opportunities, signed letters, phone calls, etc.  --- these women have done it all this year in order to raise the kind of monies we need to continue our critical impact work.”

The Campaign Co-chairs then displayed the amount raised during the 2015-2016 annual campaign.

Kyle and Deb Morgan were introduced as the 2016-2017 Campaign Co-chairs.

During the program, an onscreen presentation highlighted numbers representing all aspects of United Way’s work throughout the year including the following; Volunteer Income Tax preparers brought in over $500,000 in refunds; 50 Vision Council and Advisory Council members set specific United Way goals in the areas of education, financial stability and health; 24 Board of Directors members donated 1423 hours in meetings; 99 people served on Citizen Review Panels and made local funding recommendations; 383 volunteers worked on 34 projects on Day of Caring; $3,327,552  was invested in 43 programs through 29 Funded Partners in Indian River County; 116 workplace campaigns raised dollars for the campaign; 1128 residential donors made donations; 65 Alexis de Tocqueville Society donors made contributions; and 21,000 pieces of direct mail went out to solicit funding.