United Way hon­ors its top agen­cies, volunteers

Kent County News - - FRONT PAGE - By LEANN SCHENKE lschenke@thekent­coun­tynews.com

CHESTERTOWN — Dur­ing United Way of Kent County’s an­nual break­fast, mem­ber agen­cies and volunteers of the year were hon­ored for ser­vice to the com­mu­nity. The break­fast was held Tues­day at Heron Point. Dur­ing the meet­ing, Washington Col­lege Pres­i­dent Kurt Land­graf was rec­og­nized for be­ing a busi­ness part­ner with UWKC. UWKC Pres­i­dent Glenn Wil­son said Land­graf, who pre­vi­ously served as chair­man for United Way of Delaware, has raised Washington Col­lege’s con­tri­bu­tion from $2,200 to $28,000. Land­graf’s speech fo­cused on re­mem­ber­ing why it is im­por­tant to vol­un­teer, and why he is putting an ef­fort into hav­ing Washington Col­lege con­trib­ute more to UWKC. “United Way is not about money. It’s not. But you need the money. United Way is about hu­man­ity,” Land­graf said. “In this coun­try now, I’m just very con­cerned that we are los­ing our mind­set about hu­man­ity.” He said to mem­ber agency volunteers that they may never know if they have just changed some­one’s life, which is why it is so im­por­tant to do be a vol­un­teer. “We need to re­mem­ber that this isn’t about money. This is about car­ing about hu­man be­ings,” Land­graf said. Ralph Dowl­ing, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Peo­ples Bank, and David Bow­man, bank vice pres­i­dent, pre­sented a check to UWKC for $5,400. The money was raised dur­ing a ben­e­fit din­ner held at the Kitchen at the Im­pe­rial. Dowl­ing cooked his “fa­mous” paella for the event. Wil­son, who also is pres­i­dent of Ch­e­sa­peake Bank and Trust, said UWKC asked Ch­e­sa­peake Char­i­ties to lead a needs as­sess­ment study for the county. He said the study found Kent County needs to im­prove transportation is­sues, gen­er­a­tional poverty, low­in­come se­niors and cre­ate a com­pre­hen­sive re­source data­base. “We are not say­ing that all the other needs are not im­por­tant,” Wil­son said. “But these are ar­eas that we think need more fo­cus.” Wil­son said to jump­start work on af­ford­able transportation and gen­er­a­tional poverty, Ch­e­sa­peake Char­i­ties is go­ing to hold roundtable dis­cus­sion of a pri­mary providers of transportation to brain­storm new ideas.

Wil­son said UWKC is open to fund­ing a pro­posal for im­proved transportation that might come out of the dis­cus­sions. “I’m very en­cour­aged that we are go­ing to get some­thing go­ing here,” Wil­son said. Wil­son said UWKC also is con­sid­er­ing adding new agen­cies to help ad­dress these is­sues. Each or­ga­ni­za­tion nom­i­nated a vol­un­teer of the year who was hon­ored with a gift dur­ing the break­fast. Re­ceiv­ing awards were: • Roberta Brown, Amer­i­can Red Cross • Bob Knapp, Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters • Ju­di­ann Bianco, Boy Scouts • Kadeem Rochester, Char­ac­ter Counts! Kent County • Betty Spence, Com­mu­nity Food Pantry • Libby Tan­nahill, Com­mu­nity Me­di­a­tion Up­per Shore • Amanda Fry, Echo Hill Out­door School • Carla Mas­soni, For All Sea­sons • Sue Matthews, Fid­dleSticks! Youth Or­ches­tra • Shannon Hertz, Girl Scouts of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay • War­ren Beaven, Good Neigh­bor Fund of the CVMA • Kay MacIn­tosh, Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s • Pat Kuhl, Kent As­so­ci­a­tion of Rid­ing Ther­apy • Dr. Kevin Kar­pow­icz, Kent County Care Foun­da­tion • Sally Slack, Kent County Med­i­cal Adult Day Care Foun­da­tion • Tracey Wil­liams, Kent For­ward • Al­pha Chi Omega at Washington Col­lege, MidShore Coun­cil on Fam­ily Vi­o­lence • Paulina Panas, Play­mak­ers Camp at the Garfield Cen­ter for the Arts • Larry Wil­son, Re­build­ing To­gether Kent County • Scott Ran­ney, Rock Hall Yacht Club Sail­ing School Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram • Dave May, Saint Martin’s Min­istries • Diana Wil­son, Sa­mar­i­tan Group • David Wa­ters, United Needs and Abil­i­ties Newly elected di­rec­tors of UWKC in­cluded Jean Austin, Thad Bench III and Nina Flee­gle. Re-elected di­rec­tors in­cluded Sarah Fey­er­herm, Bar­bara Fos­ter and Ali­son Lib­shitz. Ad­di­tion­ally, newly ap­pointed di­rec­tors serv­ing a oneyear term in­cluded Bill Harr, Trey Hill and Marty Knight. Ap­pointed di­rec­tors serv­ing a two-year term in­cluded Creg Fleet­wood and Dei­dre


The Peo­ples Bank Pres­i­dent and CEO Ralph Dowl­ing, left, and Vice Pres­i­dent David Bow­man, right, present a check to Glenn Wil­son, pres­i­dent of United Way of Kent County for $5,400. The money was raised dur­ing a ben­e­fit din­ner for United Way held at the...


Washington Col­lege Pres­i­dent Kurt Land­graf, right, is rec­og­nized as a busi­ness part­ner with United Way of Kent County by Glenn Wil­son, pres­i­dent of UWKC.

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