United Way Celebrates 71st Annual Meeting

United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore recently celebrated the generosity of community members at the 71st Annual Meeting and Community Leaders Celebration at University of Maryland Eastern Shore Student Services Center Ballroom in Princess Anne.
 
Nearly 300 community members and 150 local organizations representing Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester Counties attended, providing United Way an opportunity to recognize members of the community who exhibit exceptional generosity for Lower Shore residents in need. Highlights of the meeting included: official announcement of United Way surpassing the 2015 Campaign goal of $1.65 million, awards ceremony, recognition of past United Way Board Presidents and the installation of incoming United Way Board of Directors.
 
Incoming United Way Board President, Rick Nelson shared, “Once again, our community has strongly supported our United Way as the organization to bring hope and support to our most vulnerable neighbors on the Shore.  Surpassing the $1.65 million campaign goal means that more local at-risk children will reach their full potential, more local senior citizens will not go hungry and more local veterans will receive critical health care services.” 
                                                                                                                          
2015 United Way Annual Meeting Award Recipients
 
1.      2015 County Campaign Coordinators of the Year
a.      2015 Wicomico     Sheila Pullen & Leah Evans, Hudson Health Services 
b.      2015 Worcester     Kelly Brinkley & Stacey Norton, Worcester County Employees
c.       2015 Somerset       Leo Lawson, Somerset County Public Schools
d.      2015 Dorchester    Dwayne Abt & Beth Wilson, Dorchester County Public Schools
 
 
2.      2015 County Volunteers of the Year
a.      2015 Wicomico     Connie Strott
b.      2015 Worcester     Scott & Lisa Phillips
c.       2015 Somerset       Jeff Eichelberger
d.      2015 Dorchester    Interstate Container Cornament Committee  
 
3.      Emerging Leader of the Year
Beth Reid – Healogics at Peninsula Regional Medical Center - Salisbury, MD
The United Way Emerging Leaders are a group of energetic young professionals who dedicate both time and resources to improving the community. This award honors an Emerging Leader who has demonstrated     extraordinary efforts in service to the community through United Way projects and programs. 
 
4.      Salisbury University Student United Way Volunteer of the Year      
Emily Hawthorne- Salisbury University- Salisbury, MD
The Salisbury University Student United Way Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes a dedicated member of Student United Way.
 
5.      Pocomoke High School Student United Way Star
LuAnne Mottley – Pocomoke High School – Pocomoke, MD  
The Pocomoke High School Student United Way Star recognizes a dedicated member of Pocomoke High School’s Student United Way.
 
6.      Flame of Excellence Award
Somerset County Public Schools
New in 2015, the Flame of Excellence award recognizes an organization far surpassing previous year records and current campaign goals. This prestigious award is given to an organization who is “on fire” to make a   difference in their community through our United Way.
 
7.      Heart of United Way
Melody Nelson – Nelson’s Nationwide, Princess Anne, MD
The Heart of United Way Award is bestowed upon an exceptional volunteer leader who personifies the values of United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore in all they do. These values include inclusiveness, commitment,   compassion and accountability, to name a few.
 
8.      President’s Trophy  
Rick Nelson – Nelson’s Nationwide, Princess Anne, MD
The President’s Trophy is the highest award a United Way volunteer can receive and honors both dedication and the inspiring volunteer and philanthropic spirit.
 
9.      Spirit of the Shore Award      
Piedmont Airlines – Salisbury, MD
The “Spirit of the Shore” award honors businesses with excellence and leadership in community compassion and overall community service.
 
10.  Jim Barrett Community Leadership Award  
Kathleen McLain, WMDT 47 ABC CW3 MeTV, Salisbury, MD
Jim Barrett was one of the most charismatic Eastern Shore community leaders 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 qualities of philanthropic leadership
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Salisbury University Student United Way members gather for a photo before the 71st United Way Annual Meeting.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hudson Health employees gather for a photo with Executive Director of United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, Kathleen Mommé
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Left to Right) Angie Strouth, and United Way Board Member, Mary Mengason of Avery Hall Insurance and Ruth Ann Jenkins of Wicomico County Public Employees stop and smile before the program begins.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Davis Jean-Louis of Interstate Container’s Cornament Committee receives the Dorchester Volunteer of the Year Award.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beth Wilson & Dwayne Abt (not pictured) of Dorchester County Public Schools receive the Dorchester Coordinator of the Year Award
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Leo Lawson of Somerset County Public Schools receives the Somerset Coordinator of the Year Award.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jeff Eichelberger of Sherwin Williams receives the Somerset County Volunteer of the Year Award.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Connie Strott of the Law Offices of George G. Strott receives the Wicomico County Volunteer of the Year Award.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sheila Pullen and Leah Evans of Hudson Health Services receive the Wicomico County Coordinator of the Year Award.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scott Phillps of Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Lisa Phillips (not pictured) receive the Worcester County Volunteer of the Year Award.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stacey Norton (Left) and Kelly Brinkley (Right) of Worcester County Employees receive the Worcester County Coordinators of the Year Award.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beth Reid of Healogics at Peninsula Regional Medical Center Receives the Emerging Leader of the Year Award.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emily Hawthorne receives the Salisbury University Student United Way Volunteer of the Year Award.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LuAnne Mottley receives the Pocomoke High School Student United Way Star Award
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Left to Right) Dr. Carla Hodges, Tracie Bartemy, Dr. John Gaddis, Leo Lawson, Courtney Monar, and Jen Berlin of Somerset County Public Schools receive the Flame of Excellence Award.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Melody Nelson of Nelson’s Nationwide receives the Heart of United Way Award.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rick Nelson of Nelson’s Nationwide receives the President’s Trophy award.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Piedmont Airlines employees receive the Spirit of the Shore Award.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kathleen McLain of WMDT 47ABC receives the Jim Barrett Community Leadership Award.