The United Way will hold a recognition reception next Tuesday for major corporate and individual donors.

The event will take place Dec. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jesuit Hall in Washington, according to Kim Strubberg, program coordinator.

Two allocation meetings also are scheduled for this week and next. A special committee reviews funding applications for the campaign.

The United Way recently announced the completion of its annual drive with donations and pledges totaling $969,709, short of its $1 million goal, but an 8.9 percent increase over last year. Last year, $890,513 was raised, slightly exceeding the goal of $886,625.

Officials called it one of the most difficult and challenging campaigns in the organization’s history due to the down economy. But they said an increase of nearly 9 percent is “phenomenal” and the funds will go a long way toward helping those in need.

United Way Campaign Co-Chairs Brad Mitchell and board President Becky Buhr will both speak at Tuesday’s reception.

The Top 30 corporate contributors will be recognized, Strubberg said, along with the five pilot companies who spearheaded this year’s drive. They include Parker Hannifin-Sporlan, East Central Collee, Sullivan School District and Rainbow Activity Center, a United Way agency.

United Way advisory council members have been invited, as well as leadership givers who have contributed $1,000 or more to the drive.

Plaques and certificates will be presented, along with several special awards for the greatest increase in giving and top contributor which will again go to Ameren Missouri. The power company raised $105,035, a 2 percent increase.

Another highlight, Strubberg said, is the presentation of the Red Feather Award, given to a company, organization or individual who has gone “above and beyond” for the campaign. The award represents integrety and community spirit.

The Henry Hartbauer Community Service Award for $1,000 also will be presented to one of the United Way’s agencies or programs. The award is named after the founder and first president of the United Way.


Strubberg said the allocation committee was schedueled to meet Wednesday and again Dec. 7 on the campus of East Central College to review funding allocations. The committee will then submit its recommendations to the full board for consideration in January.

The committee is comprised of the four United Way board officers, Mitchell, Buhr, David Strubberg and Alvera Heeger, along with Frank Wood, Missie Evert, Dot Schowe, Jim Strubberg, Jane Reed and Janet Hubbard.

Strubberg said a total of 54 agencies/programs have submitted applications for funding, and four of those are new. Requests total about $1,039,587.

Last year, the United Way allocated $741,000 to 45 agencies and programs.