by Chelsea Nelson

Interactive Communications Director

Today, United Way of Salt Lake held our annual Celebration of Service event at the Little American Hotel with over 600 in attendance!  This is one of our favorite and most exciting events of the year!  We had the privilege of honoring people and organizations who have made an incredible impact in our community over the past year–as well as enjoyed a great lunch and cheered for a very happy finalist from our workplace campaigns who won a year lease on a Mini Cooper!

This year we honored Paula Green Johnson as our Volunteer of the Year, Tom Love as our Compassionate Leader of the Year, Comcast as our Outstanding Corporate Partner, and JP Morgan Chase took home the President’s Award of Excellence.  These individuals and organizations went above and beyond by giving of their talents, resources, time, and voices to help United Way of Salt Lake move forward with its mission to improve lives and build stronger communities.  Without Paula, Tom, Comcast, and JP Morgan Chase, United Way of Salt Lake would not have been able to create opportunities for children and families with the success that this past year has brought.  Community Learning Centers and Collective Impact work are thriving in so many ways because of their help.  We can not thank them enough for their efforts and support.

“I am honored to have the privilege of working side by side with these amazing individuals and organizations.  This year’s award recipients are true visionaries, believers in United Way’s mission, and dedicated advocates for change,” said Deborah Bayle, President and CEO.  “Their expertise, long-term commitment, and enthusiasm have been critical in helping shape the work we are doing to improve lives and build stronger communities for us all.”

United Way additionally recognized hundreds of supporters and partners who collaborate with United Way of Salt Lake to advance the education, income, and health of our neighborhoods and communities.

Today, we also presented our Annual Report to the Community for 2011-2012. You can find the report HERE and we hope you will all take time to read it to find out how United Way of Salt Lake is changing.  The Annual Report will also help in better understanding our vision for Collective Impact work and community problem solving by working across community sectors to achieve long-term, large-scale social change.

Also, a big congratulations to Elly Klatt with First National Bank of Utah who got the lucky key and started up the beautiful Mini Cooper!  She was the proud winner of Mini of Murray’s year long lease as well as a year’s worth of gas from Tesoro.  Thank you to both Mini of Murray and Tesoro for this awesome prize!  Elly, we hope you enjoy your new ride and we thank you for participating in your workplace campaign and supporting United Way of Salt Lake!

We hope you were able to join us for this great event and to help celebrate these wonderful partners, champions, and friends that we are so
proud to be connected with!

Our promise is to create opportunities so children- even in the toughest neighborhoods- have the chance to become productive, self-reliant members of our community and we know we couldn’t do it without this year’s award winners!

Thank you for LIVING UNITED! 

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Thank you to our generous sponsors: American Express, Savage, CHG Healthcare, Rocky Mountain Power, Wells Fargo, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, KSL,
Mini of Murray, Tesoro, and OC Tanner.

Without you, this event would not have been possible!