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United Way announces annual campaign totals, gives service awards

With Roy Drinkard out of town on business, his great grandson Julius Boggus accepted the Community Service Award from Chairperson Deborah "Pepper" Hoover on his behalf. (Photo courtesy UWCC)

CULLMAN - On Wednesday, the United Way of Cullman County (UWCC) held its annual meeting at Terri Pines Country Club, revealing that its official fundraising total for its 2017-18 fundraising campaign was $451,953.  Director Sammie Danford told the crowd that small, targeted fundraisers and the value of certain contributed services would push the actual total to around $481,000.

The Board of Directors issued its newly-established Community Service Award to Roy Drinkard, “in recognition of his tireless efforts to improve the life of the residents of Cullman County,” according to Board Chairperson Deborah “Pepper” Hoover.  The board also named the new award in Drinkard’s honor, designating it the Roy Drinkard Community Service Award.

The board celebrated highlights of the year, including:

  • Extra help for Cullman Caring for Kids, when the agency experienced a shortfall in donations
  • $17,865 raised for hurricane relief efforts
  • 132 local residents’ windshields replaced after the March hail storm through a voucher program.  Oden’s Auto Glass, Cullman Auto Glass, Glass America and Windshields and More were recognized as partners in that project.
  • Fundraising programs like Depot Day and the Young Professionals Crawfish Boil

The board gave awards to the Top 10 Outstanding Workplace Campaigns, in which companies engaged in internal fundraising efforts, including:

  • Wal-Mart Distribution Center
  • Publix
  • Ruskin Packaging
  • McGriff Industries
  • Wallace State Community College
  • Topre America
  • Cullman County Board of Education
  • Louisiana Pacific
  • Cullman Primary Care

Hoover officially and literally passed the gavel to incoming 2018-19 Board Chairman Steve Moore of Wal-Mart Distribution, who introduced Topre’s Brad Pepper as the chairman elect for 2019-20.

UWCC is an umbrella funding agency which supports 16 partner agencies, including:

  • American Red Cross
  • Cullman County Commission on Aging
  • Cullman Caring for Kids
  • Cullman County Center for the Developmentally Disabled
  • Daystar House
  • Easter Seals
  • Girl Scouts
  • Good Samaritan Health Clinic
  • Hope Horses
  • Hospice of Cullman County
  • Pilot Light Home
  • Saving Forgotten Warriors
  • Victim Services of Cullman

For more information about UWCC, visit https://www.uwaycc.org.

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  • United Way of Cullman County Director Sammie Danford addresses the audience at Wednesday’s annual meeting. (W.C. Mann for The Tribune)