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United Way presents fund-raising awards

Several Lincoln County businesses were recognized for their fund-raising efforts Monday at United Way of Lincoln County’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon at First Baptist Church.
Organization President Brad Guth presented fundraising awards to the following businesses:
Largest amount Per Capita Increase – First Federal Savings Bank, Largest Employee Increase – West Lincoln Middle School, Largest Total Increase – The Timken Company, Largest Amount Raised – Duke Energy, Best In Class – Cataler Inc., Spirit Award – Alpharma, Best New Campaign – Cochrane Furniture, Eagle Award – Cataler Inc.
The prestigious Elliot Beal Award was awarded to Seth Haney.
“It’s been my honor to play a role in the United Way here,” said Haney, who is leaving his Lincolnton post to take another position with Timken.
Guth recognized the Lincoln County agencies United Way of Lincoln County has helped to fund in the past year, including A Place To Grow, Communities in Schools, the YMCA and the Special Olympics.
“It’s impossible to leave the allocations meeting without a passion and a drive to raise more money for next year,” said Guth.
United Way of Lincoln County raised $467,417 in this year’s campaign, just short of the organization’s $500,000 goal.
YMCA executive director and United Way president-elect Ron Johnston praised the work of county schools, hospitals and businesses for making a difference in the community. He also thanked the Lincoln Economic Development Association for its efforts in helping the county to grow.
“Over the past 12 to 15 years Lincoln County has changed – and I would say for the better,” said Johnston.

by Josh Davis

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