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Scott Cook honored for work with Moffat County United Way

Scott Cook holds up his new Appreciation Award from Moffat County United Way in the showroom of Cook Chevrolet and Subaru alongside multiple items showing the company's support of local community events and sports teams. Cook received the latest award Thursday, following 23 years as part of the nonprofit organization's board of directors.

When someone gives a great deal of themselves for the sake of others, giving them a little recognition is always nice.

On Thursday, Moffat County United Way paid tribute to one of its biggest supporters, Scott Cook, presenting the former board member with its Appreciation Award prior to its regular board meeting.

Steve Martin, board chairman, presented Cook with the acknowledgement, speaking of Cook's dedication to the cause, which provides funding for multiple community outlets.

"His leadership has been so valuable to the United Way, and we are very grateful to have had your expertise and direction for so long," Martin said. "Scott was very instrumental in assuring that United Way, through good fiscal policy and planning, would have the resources to meet future emergency needs in our community."

Cook was on the board of directors for the nonprofit group for more than two decades. He said one of the most important things about his time with the board was campaigning for the cause and raising awareness of how United Way benefited the area, something he thinks not everyone fully comprehends because of the desire or sometimes demand for anonymity for those who are involved on either the giving or receiving sides of charitable causes.

"They're kind of like a submarine, they work under the surface and help people without anyone even knowing it," he said.

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A greater survey on behalf of United Way to assess the needs of Moffat County was something Cook also saw as necessary in recent years. The payroll deduction method that many local companies use to allow their employees to donate to the organization is also one that Cook himself uses at Cook Chevrolet and Subaru, last year bringing in $3,100 from workers wanting to give.

Executive Director Corrie Ponikvar said Cook's longevity with the board is one of his most admirable traits.

"He has a good understanding of where we had been and where we are going, and he always brought a lot of discussion to the board meetings," she said. "He will be greatly missed."

Cook stepped down from the board earlier this year after being part of the organization since 1990, mostly because of a packed personal schedule.

"I couldn't devote the amount of time that it deserved, and it wasn't that I didn't feel it was important. I think I felt like they needed someone who could devote more time than I could," he said. "There are a lot of people out there who life is very difficult for, and United Way has made it a little bit easier for them. I have nothing but good things to say about everyone involved."

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.