United Way Ends Its Fundraising Year and Recognizes the Year’s Supporters

The United Way of El Paso County (UWEPC) hosted its Annual Appreciation Luncheon on Fri., May 4 at the El Paso Convention Center to honor the individuals, companies, organizations and institutions that supported the nonprofit during the 2017-2018 campaign season. 

 

Nearly 350 attended to celebrate another successful year of fundraising for the United Way Community Impact Fund, which is money allocated to local agencies focused on the organization’s three impact areas – education, basic needs and financial stability. Some of the awards and recipients included: 

 

2018 SPECIAL AWARDS

 

Community Spirit Award: Wells Fargo 

For demonstrating generosity and extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life for El Pasoans through corporate responsibility. 

 

Alicia R. Chacón Award: GECU 

For demonstrating commendable partnership and exceptional commitment by a community partner to make the United Way of El Paso County a greater success. 

 

Chairman’s Award: Freeport-McMoRan El Paso Rod & Refining Facility 

For demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to the community and the United Way of El Paso County. 

 

Community Partnership Award: Paso del Norte Health Foundation 

For demonstrating a commitment to improve the quality of life for El Paso County residents through work with United Way of El Paso County.

 

United Way Champion Award: Raul Jara, Direct of Respiratory Care and Neurodiagnostic Services at University Medical Center

Presented to an individual who exemplifies the true spirit of a United Way ambassador. 

 

2018 WORKPLACE GIVING AWARDS 

 

2018 Trailblazer Award: WestStar Bank 

For demonstrating an incredible amount of support to United Way of El Paso County through an enthusiastic and giving spirit. 

 

2018 Change Maker – Employee Giving Award: Andeavor 

For demonstrating generosity and extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life for El Pasoans through employee giving. 

 

2018 Change Maker – Employee & Corporate Giving Award: El Paso Electric 

For demonstrating generosity and extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life for El Pasoans through employee and corporate giving. 

 

Thanks to community support, United Way currently funds and leads more than 50 programs and initiatives from more than 25 local agencies. This past year, a little more than $2.4 million was raised to help ensure every child in El Paso has an opportunity to succeed academically, that families grow strong and healthy, and that individuals have access to resources to increase their financial stability. Of the money raised, $2.2 million was from workplace giving campaigns, in which more than 100 companies hosted United Way campaigns and asked employees to donate through payroll deduction. Meanwhile, $132,707 came from individuals, small corporate gifts and foundations. 

 

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