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United Way’s Annual Banquet Celebrated Last Year While Looking to the Year Ahead

FOR IMMEDIATE
RELEASE

Friday, June 21,
2019

Contact:

Sam
Skinner

Executive
Director, Twin County United Way

Cell:
(208) 305-1379,
e-mail: [email protected]

Twin
County United Way office: (208) 743-6594

United Way’s
Annual Banquet Celebrated Last Year While Looking to the Year Ahead

Second year of
two-year Community Fund grants total than $450,000

LEWISTON – Twin
County United Way celebrated the 2018 giving campaign, recognized volunteers
and supporters, announced new officers and confirmed 2019-2020 Community Fund
grant recipients at its annual banquet breakfast on Thursday, June 20, at the
Red Lion Hotel in Lewiston.

The annual event,
presented by P1FCU and Tri-State Memorial Hospital, kicked off with the
announcement of the Volunteer of the Year and Spirit of Caring awards.
Volunteer of the Year awards were presented to Gary Bergen (Team BMC Century
21) and Carlie Welch (Clearwater Paper).  Red Lion Hotel, Avista, Joe Hall
Ford and Clearwater Paper were awarded Spirit of Caring awards, recognizing the
businesses’ outstanding support for the Twin County United Way and care for the
community.

The United Way
thanked and recognized several volunteers who were instrumental in advocating
for United Way and raising funds during the 2018 campaign.  These included
The Hall Family, Joe and Kelly and Nick and Shelby Hall, who were the 2018
Honorary Campaign Chairs; Crystal Nelson (Wells Fargo), the board campaign chair;
and local loaned executives who volunteer to support the campaign along with
the organizations and businesses that “loan” these executives to the United
Way. Additionally, Corporate Champions, businesses who help cover the
administration costs of the United Way were recognized.

More
than 2,500 donors contributed to the annual giving campaign. Donors can select
specific nonprofit organizations to receive their donations or select the
United Way Community Fund.  Donations contributed to the United Way’s
Community Fund support education, income and health. Thirty-three grants
totaling more than $450,000 will be dispersed July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020
during the second year of the two-year Community Fund grants. Priority was
given to local nonprofit programs working to promote grade-level reading by
third grade, improve the financial stability of struggling households and
reduce the local death by suicide rates.

Twin
County United Way board members Susan Colburn (St. Joseph Regional Medical
Center) and Tim Barker (City of Lewiston) were recognized for 10 years of board
service and Charity Rapier was recognized for five years of service.  Bev
Kloepfer (Lewis-Clark State College) was recognized with the Time, Treasure and
Talent award for more than 10 years of board service combined with 10 years of
leadership-level giving. Additionally, Nelson was named Board Member of the
Year and Nick Hall (Joe Hall Ford) was named Rookie Board Member of the Year.

The
event wrapped up with the passing of gavel from current board president, Kim
Casey (Avista), to incoming board president, Scott Corbitt (Sweitzer
Engineering Laboratories). Casey will now serve on the executive committee as
past president while Travis Myklebust (Lewiston Fire Dept.) will serve as
Vice-President, Katie Deibel (Vista Outdoor) as Secretary and Troy Sandvick
(P1FCU) as Treasurer. The officers’ two-year term will begin July 1.

The
Twin County United Way runs on a fiscal year beginning July 1 to June 30 and
released its 2018-2019 Annual
Report
.

2018-2020 Twin County United Way nonprofit
partners receiving grants include:

  • Area Agency on Aging
  • Asotin County Food Bank
  • Boy Scouts, Inland Northwest Council
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis-Clark Valley
  • Community Action Partnership
  • Family Promise of the Lewis-Clark Valley
  • Friends of the Lewiston City Library
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho
  • Homes of Hope
  • The Idaho Foodbank
  • Idaho Legal Aid Services
  • Interlink Volunteers
  • The Learning Club
  • Lewis-Clark Special Olympics
  • Lewis-Clark Valley YoungLife
  • Quality Behavioral Health
  • Royal Family KIDS Camp
  • 2nd Judicial District CASA
  • Snake River Community Clinic
  • Southeast Washington Aging & Long-Term Care
  • Twin River Special Olympics
  • Valley Meals on Wheels
  • WA-ID Volunteer Center
  • Willow Center for Grieving Children
  • YWCA of Lewiston/Clarkston

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About the Twin County United Way

The mission of the Twin
County United Way is to identify needs, unite people and share resources to
improve lives in Nez Perce and Asotin counties. The United Way fights for the
health, education and financial stability for every person in every community.
More information can be found at www.tcuw.org. Connect with Twin County United on social media at www.facebook.com/TwinCountyUW, on Twitter @TwinCountyUW or on Instagram TCUW, #TCUW
#LiveUnited.