2019 Recognition Event Highlights

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Thanks to all of you who came out to be part of our 2019 Recognition Event at Little America last week. 

It was wonderful seeing you there, and we were grateful for the opportunity to honor those who are so committed to United Way of Northern Arizona’s mission of uniting for an educated and thriving community.

We thanked retiring UWNA board members Gary Davis of Tucson Electric Power and Mia Somenek, a representative of the Northern Arizona University’s Student United Way, and welcomed Grace Davis, also of the NAU Student United Way. 
Our Community Builder/Collaborators of the Year Awards were presented to:

  • Cindy Grider for the NAU Craft Fair
  • Tony Abrams, the W.L. Gore & Associates Campaign Coordinator
  • Sybil Smith for her work with the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) program
  • W.L. Gore & Associates for the Adopt a Family initiative
  • Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff and the Williams Rotaryfor support of KinderCamp™
  • The Wharton Foundation for support of LAUNCH Flagstaff.

We honored the following companies with the Campaign Growth Awards: Banner Health – Page, the City of Flagstaff, Flagstaff Unified School District, Unisource, North Country HealthCare, Northland Hospice & Palliative Care, Wells Fargo Bank (Northeast), and Zachry Constructions. 

Many thanks to the corporate workplaces whose generous workplace campaigns are the backbone of UWNA’s fundraising efforts every year: Arizona Daily Sun, APS, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona, BNSF Railroad Association, Joy Cone, Kinney Construction Services, Little America Hotel, Loven Contracting, National Bank of Arizona, Nestle Purina, Northern Arizona University, Tuscon Electric Power, United Parcel Service and W.L. Gore & Associates.

This was a joyous celebration, but also a little bittersweet as we said goodbye to our good friend Steve Peru, who led the United Way of Northern Arizona for the past four years. We look forward to seeing him as a UWNA volunteer and congratulate him on his new position as Chief Development and Government Relations Officer for Coconino Community College.

Board Chair Sylvia Johnson thanked Steve for his service during the event  and said he left behind a strong staff perfectly positioned to move forward with UWNA’s critical work. 

“We are particularly pleased that Carol Dykes, who has devoted more than 20 years to the United Way, has agreed to serve as our Interim CEO,” she said. “We look forward to great things ahead.”

View all of the photos from Tom Alexander by clicking here.