After 9 years of hosting an annual golf classic, we announced yesterday that we will not be hosting the Jason Richardson Golf Classic this year. In the past nine years we have been able to raise more than $198,000 thanks to the support from Jason Richardson, his foundation and our incredible community members. Although we won't be hosting the golf outing this year, we look forward to working with Jason and his foundation again in the future.
This year United Way of Saginaw County received a "challenge" from our friends at The Dow Chemical Company. If we could get enough community leaders to step up and give a donation at one of our leadership levels or if they were already giving at a leadership level to increase their gift to the next level, then The Dow Chemical Company would provide a match of $25,000.
Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to raise $2,273,163 for the Saginaw County community! We announced the campaign results at our Campaign Celebration breakfast on Thursday, January 17, 2013.
The employees at Amigo Mobility outdid themselves again this year! United Way and READ Association presented to their staff and two Amigo volunteers spoke about why they support United Way and volunteer in the community. In addition to their employee contributions, Amigo had a special event when employees could wear jeans and either MSU or U of M attire for the day before the rivalry game if they donated $3 to United Way.
We could not ask all of our dedicated companies to run employee campaigns without running one ourselves. This year our internal campaign was coordinated by our newest staff member, Kimberly German. Kimberly researched the best practices lists, surveyed some of our campaign coordinators and came up with some fun internal campaign ideas. Our office was divided into two teams based on ages, Baby X's and Team XY. The staff had to pay $3 to participate in the weekly group activities or $5 to sit out. Each week points were awarded to the two teams based on the various activities.
Thank you to the AT&T foundation for their generous $20,000 corporate donation.
Thank you Citizens Bank for their generous corporate donation of $15,000.
The staff at Gardey Financial Advisors really made "change" happen in their workplace. Their campaign manager, Lucia Gardey, prepared "Be the Change" cups for each staff member to collect daily pocket change. Her rules provided that both coiuns and bills would be considered change. The staff was divided into two teams and whichever team was able to raise the most money after one week had to treat the losing team to a potluck lunch.
Wildfire Credit Union tried a few new events this year to help kick-off their United Way campaign. Employees competed in a chili cook-off and "sweet treats" bake sale. For the chili cook-off, employees brought in chili to be judged. Their co-workers then paid $5 to try the different kinds. Each person who donated also received a vote to help decide the office champion. Congratulations to Caryn Pennell and her "Gotta Have It" chili for winning first place at the Bay Road office.
Consumers Energy employees in Saginaw set a goal of raising $1,500 in special event fundraising this year as part of their United Way campaign. The employees proudly reported back that they were able to surpass that goal raising a total of $1,675 in special event fundraising. The employees generated campaign excitement and extra donations by hosting a drawing for two front row parking spots, selling breakfast burritos, having a football toss game and creating a few "Minute to Win it" challenges. The biggest fundraiser this year was their famous baked goods/chili sale.