Ninety-one percent of our donations come from local businesses. Every year we recognize companies and people who are doing extraordinary things for United Way of Greater McHenry County! This year at our annual dinner, we gave out awards to the those listed below for their dedication and support!


2019 Campaign Awards


volunteer-awardKarol Coats & Shari Hoffman – Follett School Solutions | Paul Schipp Volunteer of the Year Award

This award is presented each year to an individual or individuals who exemplifies a high level of commitment and volunteerism. Our volunteer of the year is someone who embraces giving back to McHenry County. She has passion for helping people, understands the importance of building a culture of giving back within the organization where this person serves and also dedicated countless hours to preparing months in advance to ensure a successful UW campaign.



Brake Parts, Inc. | The Benchmark Award

The Benchmark award goes to companies who reach an outstanding level of success by raising $200,000 or more in contributions from both corporate and employees during their United Way Campaign. The words shared by author Jim Collins of Good to Great come to mind, “Greatness is not a matter of circumstance, greatness is a matter of conscious choice and discipline.” CEO David Overbeeke was so inspired by the words shared by Frank Kelly of ITW at the 2017 campaign kickoff in that he decided to have Brake Parts up their game. This year they raised over $272,000.


milestone-campaignTC Industries, Inc.  |  Milestone Campaign Award

This award is given to companies who reach $50,000 in total contributions. United Way is proud to recognize TC Industries, Inc, a leader in this category for years, for raising $75,635! Marilyn Chacon and her team work hard each year to give back to the community and engage their employees to participate with United Way. We are so thankful to have her as a dedicated Employee Campaign Manager for this company and for her willingness to try new things to raise more money.


milestone-campaignBaxter & Woodman  |  Milestone Campaign Award

Another Milestone Award winner, Baxter & Woodman, has been a longtime supporter of United Way. They have been past recipients of our Corporate Leadership Award, and have had star volunteers work hard to raise funds for United Way.  We are so grateful that Baxter & Woodman reached $51,455 in employee contributions this year.


milestone-campaignIllinois Tool Works | Milestone Campaign Award

The third Milestone Award goes to ITW – Illinois Tool Works, who has raised $60,664 this year! Each year this company exceeds our expectations and we are so thankful. Their employees choose to “give where they live” a motto of our United Way. Their products and solutions are at work all over the world and we are so happy they have chosen to work with us!


milestone-campaignCharter Dura-Bar | Milestone Campaign Award

Another Milestone award goes to a company we all know well! From a successful employee campaign, to bake sales and car washes, this company has joined the ranks of Milestone Award Winner this year. We are so proud of their effort to engage employees and take on special events to increase their impact and their giving. Congratulations to the team at Charter Dura-Bar for their amazing success of raising $54,913.


milestone-campaignComEd | Milestone Campaign Award

Here is another Milestone winner is a company who is doing great things locally. This campaign team has an unparalleled passion for raising money for nonprofits and United Way is lucky to be one of those. This year they kicked off their campaign and solicited prizes and donations from local businesses to really raise the amount of funds generated this year and ending up giving $73,381 to United Way of Greater McHenry County.


innovative-awardPolyOne Corporation  |  UNITED Participation Award

The United Participation Award is presented to companies whose employees UNITE together as a team, in record numbers, to raise money for citizens of Greater McHenry County. The United Participation Award goes to a company who leads the charge in building a culture of giving. Congratulations to PolyOne Corp for an engaging campaign inspiring their staff to reach a 97% employee participation and raising $26,500.



Corporate Disk Company |  The Breakthrough Campaign Award

This award is presented to companies who are new to the annual campaign and experienced a successful first year introduction OR existing companies who have significantly elevated their participation through a “re-introduction”. Corporate Disk Company took their campaign to a whole new level, offering a significant corporate match program and raising their campaign from $12,000 to $22,000!



Kemper Valve & Fittings Corp. | The Breakthrough Campaign Award

The next Breakthrough Campaign Award goes to a team who increased their McHenry County campaign by being innovative and raising the bar! Kemper Valve and Fittings Corp. increased their donations from $12,000 to $32,000 this year! Amazing!


breakthrough1Northwestern Medicine | The Breakthrough Campaign Award

The final breakthrough award is presented to an organization that really elevated their campaign and increased more employees than ever to give! We are so thankful for Northwestern Medicine for raising just over $25,000!


innovative-awardFollett School Solutions | Innovative Campaign Award

The innovative campaign award is presented to companies who are boosting employee participation by using their creativity and introducing special events that raise awareness and additional funds for our organization. This award winner has gone above and beyond with innovative monthly fundraising efforts to engage their employees to #GiveWhereYouLive! They’ve done races, a cookbook, raffles, popcorn sales, shamrock shakes, a Halloween parade – the sky’s the limit! Congrats to Follett who raised over $29,000 this year!


landmark-awardHarvard Community School District 50 | The Blackboard Award

This award is presented to a school district in McHenry County who has the highest average donation per employee from their United Way campaign. Congrats to the Harvard Hornets who have raised their campaign by over $3,660, for a total just above $9,000!



FASTSIGNS of Crystal Lake | The Social Buzz Award

This social media award goes to a company or individual who is using social media channels as a way to engage community members and increase awareness of how United Way is working to impact the community. We are buzzing about honoring FASTSIGNS of Crystal Lake for jumping on board as an #IPledge member this campaign year. They have been storming the social media  and sharing all the business that they do with other companies and community members while tying in their United Way contributions. Thank you FASTSIGNS!


landmark-awardMercyhealth Systems Community First Award

This award goes to a company or individual who is focused on community first and building a giving culture or spirit. The Mercyhealth team adopted several Day of Caring projects donating well over 100 sweaters and jackets to the kids at Community Action Agency, completed a garden project with Independence Health and Therapy, made cards for the kids at CASA and supported other local community events that positively impacted other UW partner agencies.


landmark-awardPete Murray | Influential Leader Award

This award goes to an individual focused on influencing others to inspire change, take action and develop a culture of giving back. This award recipient was instrumental in inspiring many throughout the year and helped infuse excitement amongst the leaders in our county. Congratulations to Pete Murray of Charter Dura-Bar for always saying YES and leading his organization with gusto, positively impacting McHenry County.


landmark-awardJolene White Trailblazer Award

This award was developed specifically to honor someone who has truly stepped up within our county and helped raise the awareness of our UW at a whole new level. This individual has given inspiration to our team, helping to create our newest initiative, the #IPLEDGE program. Jolene White has been instrumental in blazing a trail and helping us connect with entrepreneurs, small business owners and others to give in a different way, in a non-traditional way.