N. Penn United Way campaign nets more than $1.7 million
ou look so much better when you smile,” Bethlehem Baptist Church’s Agape Praise Ministry singers belted out. It was an attention-grabbing opener to the North Penn United Way’s 2012 Live United Community Celebration.
Close to 150 people gathered at Harleysville Insurance July 26 to applaud what that company’s President and COO Michael Browne, who also served as 2011-2012 North Penn United Way Campaign chairman, called “a pivotal year in the history of the North Penn United Way.”
Some of the highlights from the past year include the moving of its headquarters to the Univest building in Towamencin, helping 450 families get $642,000 in tax UHWuUnV wLWK V,7$ VHUvLFH, DnG fiOOLnJ 1,056 backpacks in the Stuff the Bus campaign.
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Honored with United Way Giving Awards for the highest increase in dollars and participation were the employees of TD Bank of Montgomeryville, Simco Ion, Target of Montgomeryville, SKF USA in Towamencin, Abington Health Lansdale Hospital and Clemens Family Corp. Each was the leader in the size categories for their respective companies.
Clemens Family Corp. SKF and Simco Ion were also honored with Community Caring Awards, along with ITW Polymer Technologies, Safeguard Deluxe Corp. and Harleysville Insurance, for increasing their employee giving by $5,000 or more. Attention was called to Harleysville Insurance, which increased United Way giving by $112,000 with a challenge match.
Several individuals were recognized for their support of WKH 8nLWHG WDy, LnFOuGLnJ LWV fiUVW-HvHU $GvRFDWH $wDUGwinner. Those winners included John Strader of Greater North Penn Collaborative of Health and Human Services. Volunteer Award recipients included J. Delton Plank of Souderton, Kim Licata of Pennsburg and Ken Byler of Perkasie. Lansdale resident Rich Costlow was presented with the Community Service Award.
The United Way also honored Univest with its Corporate Community Service Award.
North Penn United Way announced that $800,000 in annual program investments will be made from 2012 to 2015 to targeted efforts to help disadvantaged school children, families and older adults. It was done in a creative way as North Penn High School students Erica Hutchinson, Pascal Portney and Alexandra Simon took on the personas of a kindergartner, a senior citizen and a woman in crisis.