United Way Celebrates Community Leaders & Volunteers

The United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore held its Annual Meeting on Friday, April 27th, at The Carousel Oceanfront Resort in Ocean City, with over 140 community members representing more than 55 local companies and organizations. For the third consecutive year the event was generously sponsored by The Carousel Resort, and provided an opportunity for United Way to honor key supporters and celebrate 68 years of helping our neighbors throughout the Lower Shore.  

In addition to announcing the 2011 United Way campaign has raised an incredible $1.4 million to date, Bruce Bright, Board President, explained, “The success of making life better for those in need is, without question, 100% due to the caring power of our Lower Shore community. There were a record-breaking 21 new employers who offered their employees the option to help those most in need through United Way, which is a remarkable increase.” 

The United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, established in 1944, is the largest non-government funder of 60 local non-profit programs in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties, touching the lives of over 100,000 of our neighbors in need every year. Bright also shared, “What makes United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore so powerful is our emphasis on accountability and ensuring every donor’s dollar goes to where it is most needed in our community.” The impact of this funding is far-reaching and is directed to programs helping children and youth succeed, the needs of our aging and vulnerable populations, and supporting critical emergency and crisis assistance programs.

For more information on United Way, or to offer an employee campaign in your workplace, please visit www.unitedway4us.org, or contact the United Way staff at 410-742-5143.

2011 United Way Annual Awards

1.    2011 County Campaign Coordinators of the Year

a.    2011 Wicomico    Matt Likovich  and  Jeri Shelton, Delmarva Power
b.    2011 Worcester    Patrice Reese  and Jake Stumpf,  Atlantic General Hospital
c.    2011 Somerset    Jennifer Fooks, Sherwin Williams
d.    2011 Dorchester    Lisa Hibble, Interstate Container

2.    2011 County Volunteers of the Year

a.    2011 Wicomico     Jennifer Cannon, Perdue Farms
b.    2011 Worcester    Jan Perdue, Civic Leader
c.    2011 Somerset      Rick Nelson, Nelson’s Nationwide Insurance
d.    2011 Dorchester    Pete Bugas, Interstate Container

3.    Young Leader of the Year     - Brandy White, Fairfax Properties

The United Way Young Leaders Society was founded by a small group of young professionals in January 2011 who sought to dedicate both time and resources to improving the community.  Since its conception, the society has grown to almost 60 young leaders, donating $250 or more each year.  We have created a special award this year to honor one member of the Young Leaders Society whose efforts and involvement go above and beyond.

4.    Heart of United Way        Ginny Reid-Matern, Civic Leader

The Heart of the United Way Award this year is bestowed upon an exceptional volunteer leader who personifies the values of the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore in all they do. These values include Inclusiveness, Commitment, Compassion and Accountability, to name a few.

5.    President’s Trophy        Gus LeBois, Perdue Farms

The President’s Trophy is the highest United Way award an individual can receive and honors both dedication and the inspiring volunteer and philanthropic spirit.


6.    Spirit of the Shore        The Daily Times

The “Spirit of the Shore” award honors businesses with excellence and leadership in community compassion and overall community service.

7.    Jim Barrett Community Leadership Award - Peggy Naleppa, PRMC

Jim Barrett was a great Eastern Shore community leader and served as a role model volunteer and humanitarian for the local United Way for 20 years.  This award, established in 2005, honors individuals like Jim, who exemplify the compassionate qualities of philanthropic leadership.