United Way celebrates volunteers & supporters


On Thursday, June 29th the United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd recognized local businesses, individual donors, and volunteers who supported the organization throughout the 2016-2017 campaign year. A celebratory lunch was held for 100 attendees at HazelBea Catering’s dining room in Radford, and was sponsored by Union Bank & Trust.

Guests enjoyed fried chicken and pork BBQ sliders along with other delicious sides and desserts. United Way Executive Director, Kymn Davidson-Hamley and President of the Board of Directors, Adam Alexander, presented awards to 22 companies and individuals. One of the top and most distinguished volunteer awards, the Karen Cronin Community Volunteer Award, was presented to Jill Colby of Dental Aid Partners of the NRV.

Additionally, this was the first year United Way had a United Way Junior Volunteer of the Year Award, which was presented to Ms. Rusel Steele of Blacksburg for her involvement. National Bank of Blacksburg was the top contributing company for the second year in a row, and HHHunt/Foxridge received awards for Largest Increase in both Corporate and Employee giving, and for their overall Community Support efforts.

Over 40 companies and individuals were recognized and received a plaque for their support of the 2016-2017 United Way community impact efforts. The following companies and individuals received awards for their achievements:

Top 25 Giving Campaigns included:

National Bank of Blacksburg, MOOG, Corning, Inc., HHHunt/Foxridge, Orbital ATK, Kollmorgen, Kroger, Carilion NRV Medical Center, Union Bank & Trust, AEP, Montgomery County Public Schools, First Team Nissan of Christiansburg, Virginia Tech Services, Federal-Mogul Corp., UPS, NewCity, Brown Insurance Agency, FedEx, HomeTown Bank, New River Valley, SunTrust Bank, Town of Blacksburg, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Warm Hearth Village, Target, Christiansburg, United Way of Montgomery, Radford & Floyd.

Highest percentage increase in giving:

1st – Federal Mogul

2nd – First Bank & Trust

3rd – Radford City Public Schools

Largest increase in employee giving:

1st – HHHunt/Foxridge

2nd – Carilion NRV Medical Center

3rd – MOOG

Largest increase in corporate giving:

1st – HHHunt/Foxridge

2nd – Union Bank & Trust

3rd — Kroger

3rd – Hollingsworth & Vose

Largest increase in employee participation:

1st – Union Bank & Trust

2nd – Town of Blacksburg

3rd – SunTrust Bank

Community support awards:

HHHunt/Foxridge, All-Around Campaign Excellence, Union Bank & Trust, Excellence in Partnership, To Our House, United Way Volunteer Award, Jay Johnson, United Way Junior Volunteer Award, Rusel Steele, In-Kind Support Award, Hampton Inn Christiansburg/Blacksburg, Wades, Dave DeHart Coordinator “Spirit” Award, Robin Meade, Karen Cronin Community Volunteer Award, Jill Colby,

GOLD (Awarded to business who had two of the following: 70% Participation, $75 Per Capita, or 25% Increase in Campaign):

FedEx, Prime Photonics, LLC, SunTrust, Union Bank & Trust, UWMRF, Willow Springs Tree Farms.

SILVER (Awarded to business who had two of the following: 50% Participation, $45 Per Capita, or 15% Increase in Campaign):

Brown Insurance Agency, Carter Bank & Trust, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, First Bank & Trust, HHHunt/Foxridge, HomeTown Bank New River Valley, Long & Foster REALTORS, Orbital ATK.

BRONZE (Awarded to business who had two of the following: 25% Participation, $25 Per Capita, or 10% Increase in Campaign)

BB&T Scott & Stringfellow, Inc., Community Health Center of the NRV, First Citizens Bank, National Bank of Blacksburg, NewCity, Virginia Tech Services, Wells Fargo.

At the conclusion of the celebration, Kymn Davidson-Hamley shared,

“We hope you celebrate your involvement with United Way and ask you to please continue your work with us. While we have accomplished so much there are many more families each day that walk through a charity’s doors for the very first time in the New River Valley. The needs are here, but thankfully you are also here, and we thank you for understanding what it truly means to reach out to your neighbors. Our work helping others is valuable, our work with our partners is life changing, and when each of us in this room and community unite…. We make the New River Valley a better place. Thank you all for being the embodiment of real care and concern for our community.”

Please join United Way in thanking these outstanding companies and individuals who make a world of difference in the New River Valley.

Want to join the Live United movement and get involved with your local United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd? Contact United Way at (540) 381-2066, info@unitedwaynrv.org, or visit their website at www.unitedwaynrv.org.