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The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties announced today that $3,419,318.52 was secured in pledges during the 2013 fundraising campaign - a record for the local non-profit. The announcement was made at the annual Community Celebration, which recognized the achievements of United Way corporate partners and volunteers for the 2013 year. The event was sponsored by Regions Bank, Nissan North America, Inc., Publix Super Markets Charities, St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital, City Auto, Emergency Physicians of St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital, and Embassy Suites.

The United Way also announced that $263,531 was saved by Rutherford and Cannon County residents through United Way’s partnership with the FamilyWize prescription discount program, $161,246 was invested in the community through the value of United Way volunteer hours, and $653,229 was saved by Rutherford and Cannon County residents through the VITA program, a volunteer income tax assistance program.  Combined with the efforts of the 2013 fundraising campaign, United Way made a total impact of $4,497,324.52 in Rutherford and Cannon Counties in 2013.

Individuals recognized during the Community Celebration included this year’s Loaned Executives, which are employees from various companies that are loaned to United Way for assistance during the fundraising campaign while the employer continues to pay salary and expenses. The 2013 Loaned Executives were:

Part-Time Loaned Executives
Jonathan Berezo, General Mills
Laura Bohling, Rutherford County Government
Billy Bruce, UPS
Courtney Chavez, Regions Bank
Tracy Church, Nissan North America, Inc.
Jennifer Copeland, General Mills
Jeff Davidson, Rutherford County Government
Crystal McPherson, SunTrust Bank
Jennifer Meredith, Community Volunteer
Mike Panesi, Bank of America
Joi Sherrill, Keller Williams Realty
Matthew Stump, FirstBank

Media partners, recognized for their contributions in marketing and communications pertaining to United Way over the past year, included:

Cannon Courier
The Murfreesboro Post
WBRY Radio
The Daily News Journal
WGNS Radio
VIP  Murfreesboro Magazine
Murfreesboro Magazine
The FIsh

The top ten campaigns in order of total funds raised were also announced during the event, which included:

10. MAHLE Filter Systems North America, Inc.
9. Bridgestone LaVergne Plant and the Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund
8. Middle Tennessee State University
7. State Farm Insurance Co.
6. Ingram Content Group
5. Rutherford County Government and Schools
4. Nissan North America, Inc.
3. Publix Super Markets and Publix Super Markets Charities
2. Yates Services

1. General Mills

United Way also recognized the best overall campaigns in each category, which were determined on various factors such as percentage increase in employee giving, percentage increase in participation, volunteering with United Way, and conducting special events to benefit United Way. Those campaigns were:

Health Services Division
Emergency Physicians of St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital

Industry Division
Standard Register

Non-Profit Division
Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce

Financial Services Division
Fifth Third Bank

Retail Division
Publix Super Markets and Publix Super Markets Charities

Public Employees Division
Rutherford County Government

Best Public Employee Campaign
Rutherford County Government

Utilities Division
Consolidated Utility District

Education Division
Middle Tennessee State University

Major Firms Division
Yates Services

Trailblazer Award
City Auto

Ignite Award
Ford of Murfreesboro

Best Special Event
Brewsboro presented by Murfreesboro Young Professionals

Creative Excellence Award
General Mills

The school awards were as follows:

Best Elementary School Campaign
Rockvale Elementary School

Best Middle School Campaign
Smyrna Middle School

Best High School Campaign
Blackman High School

Additional individuals recognized during the Community Celebration were the Campaign Cabinet, which plays a key role in the overall planning and implementation of the United Way campaign. Jim Thompson served as this year’s campaign chair, and Campaign Cabinet members included:

Kathy Jones
Cheryl Hultman
James Evans
Charlie Myatt
Terry Cunningham
Carl Quakenbush
Felix Allen
Ross Womack
Brian Sullivan
Mike Dinapoli
Phil Holt
James Beach
Andy Womack
BobbiKay Soholt
Bryan Nale
Dr. Liz Rhea
Kirk Garrett
Matt Ledbetter
James Robbins

The 2013 Spirit of Excellence Award went to General Mills.  Since its origins tracing back to the 1860s, General Mills has understood the precious opportunity and responsibility they have not only to create value for shareholders, but also to have a positive and lasting impact that extends throughout our communities.  General Mills employees are engaged with United Way as volunteers, investors and advocates. General Mills supports United Way through exceptional involvement from all levels of employees. Giving through the workplace campaign and serving as volunteers, General Mills employees are directly improving the lives of others in Rutherford and Cannon counties.

For more information, visit www.yourlocaluw.org.

About United Way
United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. United Way focuses on education, income, health, and rebuilding lives – the building blocks for a good quality of life. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done through giving, advocating, and volunteering.

United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties' Mission Statement
The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties improves lives by advancing opportunities for education, health and financial stability for all.

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is located at 615 Memorial Boulevard in Murfreesboro.  For more information, please call (615) 893-7303 or visit www.yourlocaluw.org
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