The United Way of Hardin County held its Annual Meeting this morning.
Grant award letters were presented to each of the 19 partner agencies.
The agencies received funding from money raised in the 2021 campaign.
The agencies are:
American Red Cross, Beatitudes, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Black Swamp Area Council Boy Scouts, Community Health Professionals, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Hardin County Council on Aging, Hardin County YMCA, Helping Hands Outreach, Kenton Little League, Love In the Name of Christ, Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, Mobility Foundation, Neighborhood Center, New Hope Ministry Center, PASS, Safe Haven and Salvation Army.
The 2021 campaign total was just over $160,000, which was $5000 more than the goal.
Honorary Chair for the campaign, the Dukek Family was recognized. Beryl Rogers-Dudek spoke for the family.
Trendsetter Awards were presented to employers within each division who went above and beyond in fundraising efforts.
The recipients were:
In the Educational Division, the Kenton City Schools; Financial, Liberty National Bank; Insurance, the Rogers Agency; City Government, City of Kenton employees; County Government, Hardin County Board of DD; Industry, Graphic Packaging; Professional, Ohio Northern University; Retail, Tons of Fun Travel; Special Gifts, Kenton Rotary.
The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Kenny Daniels.
Also at the meeting, three outgoing United Way Board Members were recognized. They are: Linda Garmon, Jennifer Nelson and Phyllis Griffith.
New Board Members are: Jennifer Capell, Jade Hale, Teresa Styer, Jim Whitaker and Angela Newland.
A pie auction raised over $2600.
Auctioneer Jan Layman auctioned off 17 home baked pies to the highest bidder.
The top bid was $350 for a pie sold in memory of Bonnie McBride.
The meeting was held in the Fellowship Hall at St. John’s Church in Kenton.