COLUMBIA – Two Fairfield County companies and the local school district took top honors at the United Way of the Midlands’ Live United Awards ceremony.
The Fairfield County School District raised $21,543 in donations, up from $17,302 last year. As a result Yolande Montgomery, employee campaign director for the school district, took home a Division Chairman’s Award from the Feb. 11 ceremony at the Agape Conference Center.
Fairfield Elementary, Fairfield Middle and Kelly Miller Elementary schools were recognized with Bronze Awards for per capita giving levels in excess of $50. McCrorey-Liston Elementary School earned a Trailblazer Award for a significant increase in their giving last fall.
Palmetto Imaging Technology in Winnsboro earned a Gold Award for exceeding $150 in per capita giving this year.
In addition, the Caterpillar facility in Ridgeway earned a Premier Award for being a new campaign that raised at least $1,000. The facility raised $8,692 with more than 90 percent participation in the campaign.
To date, Fairfield County has raised nearly $53,702, more than $3,700 more than the goal set by the local Fairfield County campaign committee last summer. The campaign officially ends on June 30.
“Without the support of organizations throughout the Midlands, United Way’s work to improve early childhood education, end homelessness and provide access to quality healthcare would not be possible,” said Mac Bennett, president and CEO of United Way. “This is just one small way to recognize these companies for their impact on our community.”
In total, more than 200 companies were honored last week based on giving level, employee participation and volunteerism during the event which was emceed by campaign co-chairs Mike Brenan, president of BB&T, and Sara Fawcett, vice president of human resources at EDENS.
The top honors, the Community Champion Awards, were presented to BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and Publix Super Markets for their combined contributions of more than $2.7 million to the 2015 United Way Campaign.
The 2015 United Way Campaign officially ends in June, however United Way is projecting more than $10.5 million raised to fund education, financial stability and health programs throughout its six-county footprint.