United Way to Recognize Top Supporters at Campaign Celebration


Tannersville— The United Way of Monroe County will be recognizing standout individuals, organizations and businesses from its 2010 campaign during a gala dinner celebration on March 16 at Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono.

About 200 people are expected to attend the event, which begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. The program and dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. in Mount Airy’s event center.

New this year is a silent auction to benefit the 2011 United Way campaign. Items will include two Sky Box tickets with refreshments for the Pocono 500, a $1,000 value; overnight stays at Great Wolf Lodge and Pocono Manor; jewelry; gift certificates; and gift baskets.

During the evening, several awards will be presented in honor of significant achievements and contributions to the success of the 2010 campaign. The master of ceremonies will be Campaign Chair Pat Ross.

“So many people came together to help those in need, advance the common good and make a lasting difference in Monroe County,” Ross said. “This is our night to also thank the entire community for their involvement, their donations, and their commitment to Live United by giving, advocating and volunteering.”

The cost to attend is $40 per person or $400 for a table of 10. Seating is limited and tables are filling up fast. To RSVP, visitwww.unitedwaymonroe.org or call 570-629-5657. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, March 11.

One of the top distinctions, the Evelyn Frederick Community Service Award, will be presented to the Mattioli Family and Pocono Raceway. The honor recognizes leadership and commitment to the United Way’s mission, above and beyond the annual campaign.

Another prestigious honor, the Spirit of Caring Award, will be presented to vaccine manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur for the company’s extraordinary dedication to “Live United.” The company also received this new award last year.

Ross will receive the Clifford R. Gillam Award, recognizing an individual who represents the spirit of outstanding volunteerism to the United Way of Monroe County.  The award is presented annually in memory of Clifford R. Gillam, “Mr. Buck Hill,” a founder/ longtime leader in the organization.

The Gillam, Evelyn Frederick and Spirit of Caring awards are voted on by volunteers within the United Way of Monroe County, from board members to the campaign cabinet to committee people.

Additional recipients to be recognized during the evening are as follows:

Campaign Chair Award (recognizing outstanding service in support of the campaign and a commitment to Live United):

Andrew, Carol and Kayla Moore/The Stone Bar Inn

Outstanding Campaign Manager Awards:

Chris Bello and Pat Baylor, ESU Student Activities Administration

Dr. Elizabeth Robison, Pocono Mountain School District

Cathy Kacprzycki and Julie Diorio, Sanofi Pasteur

Outstanding Employee Campaign Awards:

Pocono Services for Families & Children

East Stroudsburg University/SECA

Cargill/Horizon Milling

Rising Star Awards (for outstanding first-time campaigns or events):

Liquid Restaurant and Giant Food Store

Shining Star Award (recognizing ongoing, sustaining support):

Pocono Medical Center

Youth Community Service Awards (recognizing the leaders of tomorrow in our community):

Pleasant Valley Girls Volleyball Team

Stroudsburg Junior High School Student Council

Tobyhanna Elementary Center

Director’s Awards (recognizing unsung heroes of the campaign and United Way):

Raminder Chatha, Paradise Stream Resort

Andy Porter, Minuteman Press

A Sound Strategy, Inc.

Barley Creek Brewing Company

Northampton Community College

Desaki Restaurant

Thanks to the generosity of the entire community, the United Way of Monroe County raised $1,042,802 for health and human services during its 2010 campaign. This amount was 87 percent of the $1.2 million goal.

For more information about the United Way of Monroe County, call 570-629-5657 or visit www.unitedwaymonroe.org.

The United Way of Monroe County provides health and human services through community initiatives and funding to 35 local programs. Its targeted need areas include Engaging Youth, Meeting Basic Needs, Helping Children Succeed and Promoting Self-Sufficiency. “Live United” is part of the United Way’s mission of giving, advocating and volunteering to produce lasting changes in the community and advance the common good.