Every year we recognize companies and people who are doing extraordinary things for United Way of Greater McHenry County! This year at our LIVE Virtual Awards Ceremony we gave out awards to the those listed below for their dedication and support! Check out the video where we announced the awards on our Facebook Page or our YouTube Channel!
2020 Campaign Awards
Patrick White – Kemper Valve & Fittings Corp. A Caterpillar Company | Paul Schipp Volunteer of the Year Award
This award recognizes an outstanding United Way volunteer who exemplifies a high level of commitment, integrity and community service that Paul displayed. Our volunteer of the year is someone who has a heart for serving the community, is driven by results and believes story telling is key to inspiring others to Give Where They Live! Patrick helped grow his campaign this year to almost $70,000 in employee contributions and inspired them to give in a new, creative way!
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. Through outstanding leadership by CEO David Overbeeke, their team raised just over $285,000! This tremendous dollar amount is made possible through exceptional fundraisers, a very generous corporate match program and dedicated employees and leadership that truly care about community first.
TC 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 $78,900! 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.
ComEd | 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 worked really hard to raise just over $73,000 to give back to our United Way of Greater McHenry County.
Illinois Tool Works | Milestone Campaign Award
The third Milestone Award goes to ITW – Illinois Tool Works, who raised $61,700 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!
Kemper Valve & Fittings Corp. A Caterpillar Company | Milestone Campaign Award
Another Milestone award goes to a company we all know well! With a creative and successful employee campaign, they joined the ranks as a Milestone Award Winner this year. We are so proud of their effort to engage employees and drive results to increase their impact and their giving. Congratulations to the team lead by volunteer of the year for their amazing success of raising $55,000 for our McHenry County!
True Value | Milestone Campaign Award
Here is another Milestone winner that is made up of three amazing divisions: True Value Central Ship, True Value Distribution and True Value Manufacturing. Collectively, these teams worked together to raise $52,000 for our United Way! All of their staff and team members are passionate about serving and helping the community and we are grateful for their dedication!
True Value Central Ship | 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 True Value Central Ship for an engaging campaign inspiring their staff to reach a perfect 100% employee participation!
Stryker | 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”. The Stryker team upped their game this year, worked hard and raised just over $49,000 – a $29,000 increase over last year!
Kemper Valve & Fittings Corp. A Caterpillar Company | The Breakthrough Campaign Award
The next Breakthrough Campaign Award goes to a team who increased their McHenry County campaign by being innovative and driving to get results! Kemper Valve and Fittings Corp. increased their employee donations by $23,000 to raise a whopping $69,000 this year! Amazing!!
Paul Leech – Hickory Hall & The Cottage | Innovative Campaign Award
This award is presented to those using their creativity and introducing special events that raise awareness and additional funds for United Way. Last fall, we hosted our annual campaign kickoff at Hickory Hall, and had a meaningful conversation with Paul Leech about joining our I pledge campaign. He was inspired to pledge $1 for every pizza and appetizer sold in November and January and take donations at their December Kris Kringle market. As a first year campaign, through creative inspiration, $3,941 was raised!
Harvard Community School District 50 | The Blackboard Award
This award is presented to a school district in McHenry County that has the highest average donation per employee from their United Way campaign. Congrats to the Harvard Hornets for the second year in a row, for raising over $9,600!
Corporate Disk Company | Community First Award
This award goes to a company or an individual who is focused on community first and building a giving culture or spirit. Whenever asked, Corporate Disk Company says YES! From distributing meals from their fulfillment center for a local agency, to donating children’s books to our community members, to donating product for fundraisers, they are always putting McHenry County and the residents in need at the forefront!
Follett School Solutions | Trailblazer Award
Follett has truly stepped up the past three years, growing their campaign from $4K to $40K. From pop-up fundraisers offered at all shifts, to hosting team huddles about the valuable services available in our county, this company diligently focuses on making a difference. They have chosen to do a dollar for dollar match of all money raised for UW. Blazing a trail for others to follow, this year’s trailblazer award goes to Follett School Solutions.