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A big day for United Way

Organization celebrates record-setting campaign

A successful fundraising campaign and the opportunity to bid farewell to longtime Moffat County United Way volunteers was enough to bring Executive Director Corrie Scott to tears.

“I just love this community,” Scott said. “I think it’s a wonderful, caring, giving community.”

She and the organization’s board of directors recognized the top supporters at the United Way Awards and Celebration Luncheon on Wednesday at the Holiday Inn.

The 2006 campaign brought in more than $400,000, topping the goal of $375,000 set by the agency’s board, Scott said. The goal was the highest in local United Way history.

Topping the list of contributors was Twentymile Coal Co.’s $100,008 donation, which marks the first time a business has broken that threshold in a local United Way campaign.

“We’re really excited about that. Our employees are just proud as punch,” said Ron Spangler, human resources director for the company. “The United Way of both Moffat and Routt counties do such a terrific job on marketing and distributing that funding that it’s so easy for Twentymile to give.”

Scott said goodbye to 20-year United Way campaigner Bonnie Hampton, also a representative of Twentymile, at the luncheon.

She was on the United Way board twice, serving as secretary and allocations committee chairwoman in her tenure.

Representatives from local mines said the key to inspiring employees to donate is incentives.

“They have a chance to win something, so I think that helps,” said Jeanine Campbell, human resources manager for Trapper Mine, the fourth-largest and greatest-gain contributor.

The mine’s donations are up 35 percent from last year.

Mines entered employees’ names into a drawing for paid days off and reserved parking spots as bonuses for giving.

“Part of (encouraging donating) is just letting them see the quality of the organizations that are benefited by the United Way,” Spangler said. “You don’t have to do a lot. People see the quality, the value.”

Twentymile and Trapper won the President’s Awards for the 2006 campaign.

Scott also acknowledged the support of local media outlets KRAI and the Craig Daily Press, which was the pacesetter for the 2006 campaign.

With 10 employees, the Daily Press was the sixth-leading contributor to the campaign, giving $13,340.

Scott thanked outgoing board members Stacy Razzano for eight years and Elaine Sullivan for three years of service to the organization.

Scott also announced that Todd Young, branch manager of First National Bank of the Rockies, will fill Razzano’s position on the board.

Scott’s eyes watered as she recounted the years of working with Georgina McAnally and Kim Cox on Christmas for Kids. Amber Kawcak and Val Martin will take over the holiday gift-giving program.

But by the end of the luncheon, Scott’s attention turned to the United Way’s future. With more campaign funds than ever before, she is optimistic.

“Now we can provide more services to the community,” Scott said. “Hopefully, we can lessen the funding gap so that agencies don’t have to struggle so much to make ends meet.”

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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