Moffat County United Way recognizes local businesses for fundraising efforts

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Other honors and awards

The following companies and their employees were recognized for their contributions to Moffat County United Way:

• Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurses Association: $3,028

• First National Bank of the Rockies: $3,853

• Atmos Energy: $4,360

• Yampa Valley Bank: $4,616

• Bank of Colorado: $4,948

• Cook Chevrolet: $5,120

• Bank of the West: $5,380

• Mountain West Insurance: $7,020

• Craig Daily Press: $7,612

• The Memorial Hospital: $8,030

• Moffat County School District: $15,614

• Moffat County: $15,889

• City of Craig: $18,009

• Exito Energy: $20,000

• Xcel Energy: $34,000

• Trapper Mining: $51,798

• Colowyo Mine: $66,904

• Twentymile Mine: $68,235

• Tri-State G&T: $87,334

• KRAI 93.7 and 55 Country were honored with the media award

• The Craig Daily Press was honored with the media award

• Moffat County United Way board President Joel Sheridan was honored for his time and commitment to United Way

— Local coal companies are some of the largest employers in Moffat County and Northwest Colorado, and they’re also some of its biggest philanthropists.

Trapper Mining, Colowyo Mine and Twentymile Coal Co., including donations from their employees, contributed $186,937 to the 2013 Moffat County United Way fundraising campaign, amounting to 40 percent of the total $460,000 raised by the community.

The companies were among those honored during the United Way’s annual awards luncheon Tuesday at the Holiday Inn.

Funds raised for United Way are distributed to local agencies such as Horizons to fund programs that better the health, education and quality of living for community members.

Tri-State G&T was the largest single donor during the 2012 fundraising cycle, contributing $87,334 to the local chapter of United Way.

Corrie Ponikvar, director of Moffat County United Way, also thanked four local banks, Yampa Valley Bank, Bank of Colorado, Bank of the West and First National Bank of the Rockies, for their role as pacesetters in last year’s campaign.

“They were really energized and created a good way for us to raise more donations by hosting the $10,000 fundraiser,” Ponikvar said.

Moffat County United Way board Vice President Steve Martin said the community is in the top 10 percent of donations per capita in the nation.

“I’m pretty proud of this community,” Martin said.

Ponikvar said payroll deductions and employers who match those deductions dollar for dollar are the primary drivers of United Way’s fundraising success.

“Success begins with employees who pledge to contribute,” Ponikvar said. “Words seem inadequate to describe how thankful we are.”

Darian Warden can be reached at 970-875-1793 or dwarden@craigdailypress.com

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