Sunday, August 1st, 2021

UW thanks community, names award winners

Posted: Friday, June 19, 2020

Source: United Way of Huntington County

The United Way of Huntington County would like to thank all the businesses and individuals involved in 2019-2020 annual campaign. Because of your generosity, those donations can be invested in programs to improve Education, Health & Wellness, and Financial Stability in Huntington County. We especially want to thank our award winners for this year.

Star Performer Awards – Over the years, we have recognized companies as Star Performers because of their exceptional campaigns. Our Star Performers take strides to significantly increase donors and/or overall giving and hold employee meetings where company leadership endorsed their support of United Way. Some hold unique special events that help raise extra dollars toward overall company giving.

Pathfinder Services – Pathfinder Services has been not only a funded partner through Kids Kampus, Transitional Housing and the Voluntary Income Tax Preparation programs, but they’ve consistently been a vital participant in our annual campaign. Each year, they thrive in both participation and special events. They exemplify what it means to lead from the top, and for their leadership to promote and execute best practices. Their total raised this year was the highest in their history of running a campaign, and over the last five years they have averaged over 150 givers.

Kline’s CPA Group – Kline’s has had the majority of their employees give toward the campaign every year for the past decade and have often given corporate gifts or sprint-tri sponsorships. Their total giving this year was almost the highest it has ever been in their long history, and we truly appreciate such a strong community partner who shows what it means to support this community.

Campaign Chair Award – The Campaign Chair award is given each year to a person or group of people who have been innovative in furthering the work of the United Way in Huntington County, an individual or company selected by the Campaign Chair that has gone above and beyond in helping to make the Campaign a success.

Heather Bowman, Amanda Falk, and the OSV team. OSV consistently runs a strong campaign, employing numerous best practices and generating amazing investment in the Huntington County Community. But when it comes to “above and beyond’” Heather, Amanda, their team truly set the gold standard. Not only did they hold year-round events for OSV employees, they also met with the campaign leadership at Parkview Huntington Hospital to share ideas and help if needed. They see the value in running a strong campaign – both how it helps the greater community, but also how it helps foster a sense of culture within their own walls. We thank all of you for what you do, and how you have sought to bring others along with you.

Bob Smith Campaign Volunteer Award – The Bob Smith Campaign Volunteer award is given each year to an employee or employees who have demonstrated, over time, outstanding commitment and leadership to the United Way campaign within their organization. Bob was an advocate of United Way and its work in Huntington County for over 30 years. Each year, as campaign time rolled around, Bob would ask his employees to give and because of his strong example of leadership, most did not hesitate. From his perspective, giving his time and resources was never a question.

Brooks Fetters – Brooks Fetters led our city for the past eight years, and during his time in the mayor’s office, he brought along his passion for United Way that started when he was a funeral director at Myers Funeral Home. The City’s United Way Campaign thrived under his leadership and endorsement. Before that, Brooks was a board member at United Way as well as the Campaign Chair in 2008, a year when our campaign pledges hit an almost all-time high. As he moves on to his new position with Pathfinder Services, we wanted to recognize him for exemplifying what it means to be a community partner, to allow the public sector to collaborate with the non-profit sector, and to see that the city of Huntington and Huntington County are places that fulfill the vision of United Way of Huntington County: Our vision is that Huntington County be the place to sink your roots and to work, live and play.

Ray Vanderspool Volunteer of the Year Award – Ray was a strong advocate of our community and spent a great amount of time volunteering. Likewise, the United Way is an organization that functions because of volunteerism in this community. This award is to recognize an individual who has not only volunteered for the United Way but who also has dedicated their time to making Huntington County a better place for all of us. Our Ray Vanderspool award recipient is a family this year. This family’s work in the community expands far beyond their workplace and the United Way.

Darlene and Brent Stanley, Nick Stanley, and Megan Reckelhoff – Brent is a member of the Huntington University Foundation Board, a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and an usher and eucharistic minister at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Darlene is a YMCA board member the chair-elect of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, a member of Optimist Club, Huntington University PACE committee, Northeast Indiana Works board of directors and a lector at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Brent and Darlene live for their grandkids. And they love Huntington. They often use the motto – “When in doubt, be generous:” generous with time, effort, resources and talents. The kids joke that Darlene’s title at JJ’s should be Chief Community Officer, because she is so involved in the community and volunteering.

Nick is married to Andrea and has two daughters – Lia and Aubree. He’s a member of Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church, and he’s a 4th Degree in the Knights of Columbus. He’s a member of the Bippus Volunteer Fire Department where he’s a Firefighter/First Responder, a Huntington Catholic School board member, president of the Optimist Club, a member of the Indiana Food and Fuel Association, a member of the HU Foundation Board, a member of the Ft. Wayne Networking & Information Technology Association, and Huntington County Emergency Management – Captain and Public Relations Officer.

Megan is married to and has two daughters – Clara and Emma. She is a member of Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She is the board president of Junior Achievement of Huntington County. She’s a member of the Huntington Committee for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Ft. Wayne. She serves as the board vice chair of United Way of Huntington County. She’s also a member of the 4-H Fair Operations Board, the Rotary Club, and the Indiana Food and Fuel Association Young Member Committee.