2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Recap

United Way Celebrates Volunteers and Looks Toward More Community Impact at the 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

January 24, 2018

Lafayette, IN- Area officials, board members, volunteers, and United Way staff braved the icy weather and gathered at The Trails Banquet Facility on Wednesday.  It was an afternoon full of celebration as United Way of Greater Lafayette honored those who helped raise over $5.25 million in 2017 and also recognize several programmatic milestones along their Cradle to Career Continuum including:

  • BornLearning Academies served over 275 families who learned how to make everyday moments matter in the lives of their children.

  • Kindergarten Countdown Camps hosted 240 children in the summer of 2017 with an average increase of 18% in scores from the pre-test to the post-test.

  • Read to Succeed is still working toward its goal of recruiting 600 volunteers! Volunteers are in classrooms at all 20 of the area public elementary schools including Lafayette School Corporation, Tippecanoe School Corporation, and West Lafayette School.  

  • United Way provided grants to projects in Greater Lafayette such as:

    • PALS (Purdue Athletes Life Success) program, a free summer camp that promotes active life styles, as well as engaged service learning and leadership opportunities for both campers and staff.

    • Greater Lafayette Commerce’s Coder Dojo  which helps youth ages 7-17 discover opportunities and experience a variety of coding, programming, and computer science related activities.

    • HomesteadCS to support financial literacy incentives through the Community Loan Center of West Central Indiana helping families to breakout of cyclical borrowing and become financially stable.

    • Family Promise to fill a shortage of family shelter options in the Greater Lafayette community.

  • United Way continued support 21 funded partners and recognized them for the critical role they play in fulfilling the United Way mission.

  •  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, fondly known as VITA, served more than 1,000 clients in 2017.  This saved Greater Lafayette low-income households approximately $250,500 in tax preparation fees.

  • The introduction of 3 new Days of Action uniting volunteers from across the community the make a major impact.

  • The start of two new affinity groups – Women United focused on bringing women together and using their power to make an impact, and Young Philanthropists where the goal is engaging leadership donors under the age of 40.

Outgoing Board President, Bill Olds expressed his delight with the results of the 2017 year and emphasized the need for continuous community involvement.  “Your United Way is in great shape, both in program impact and fiscal health. We are excited about our future roles in helping Greater Lafayette become an even better place to call home.”

Michael Budd, CEO of United Way of Greater Lafayette, spoke about the emphasis on collective community impact.  “We appreciate donors, volunteers, and everyone who plays a role in improving lives in Greater Lafayette.  We look forward to making even more impact and creating lasting change that will continue to help this community thrive.”

Awards included:

  • Best Overall Campaigns
    • Employees 500 & up:
      • Caterpillar
      • Award of Merit- Wabash National Corp
      • Award of Merit- Unity Healthcare
    • Employees 101-499
      • Winner- DeFouw Chevrolet- BMW of Lafayette
      • Award of Merit- Lafayette Bank & Trust
      • Award of Merit- Mike Raisor Auto Group      
    • Employees 1-100
      • Winner- Trinitas Ventures
      • Award of Merit- Getting’s Reed Financial
      • Award of Merit – Stall & Kessler’s Diamond Center
  • Rookie of the Year
    • Individual: Megan Dale – Purdue University
    • Corporate: Hanson Logistics
  • Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year Award     
    • Wabash National Corporation – Kelly Boebinger
  • Bill DeFouw Campaign Leadership Award
    • Dennis Gernhardt – DeFouw Chevrolet- BMW of Lafayette, President/Owner
  • Volunteer of the Year
    • Randy Toleman
  • Gary Henriott Community Impact Leadership Award
    • Joe Seaman
  • Board Chair Award
    • Cindy Murray
  • Chairman Award  
    • Bob Smith
    • Dick Giromini

During the Annual Meeting portion of the afternoon retiring board members Rick Davis of Henriott Group; Debi DeBruyn of Right Steps Child Development Center; Cindy Murray Lafayette City Clerk; Tom Murtaugh, Tippecanoe County Commissioner;  Jessica Rebmann of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; and Mary Ann Sloan of Ivy Tech Community College, were honored for their service.

New board members were elected along with new officers. Dick Giromini of Wabash National, Dr. Bob Hagen of Unity Healthcare, Andrew Antonio from Ivy Tech Community College, Monica Keys with IU Health Arnett, and John Rivera with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management will all join the board for their first term. Sam Burns of Purdue Federal Credit Union and Julie Cole from Subaru of Indiana Automotive were both elected to a second term. Burns will serve as the new Board President for 2018.  Tom Murtaugh will be the 2018 United Way Campaign Chair.