Capital Area United Way Hosts annual meeting, banquet

Leaders of Capital Area United Way and guest from United Way Worldwide gather for 2013-14 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet. They are, from left: Stephen Toups, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer with Turner Industries and CAUW’s incoming campaign cabinet chair; CAUW President/CEO Darrin Goss, Sr.; US President of United Way Worldwide and Guest Speaker Stacey D. Stewart; Scott Berg, Market President with Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelry and CAUW’s 2013-14 Board Chair/2014-15 Governance Chair; Christy Reeves, Executive Director of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and CAUW’s outgoing governance chair; and Ralph Bender, Chief Financial Officer with Manship Media and CAUW’s 2014-15 Board Chair Elect.

Capital Area United Way’s Big Five Award winners (from left):
Outstanding Volunteer Award – Scott Berg
Outstanding Media Award – Greater Baton Rouge Business Report - Julio Malera
Community Impact Award – The Emerge Center (formerly known as The Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation) – Board Chair Jean Paul (J.P.) Perrault and Executive Director Melissa Juneau
Standard of Excellence Award – Turner Industries – Michelle Hardy
Myron Falk Service Excellence Award – Wendy Abboud

Awards given to area companies, leaders in volunteer community

It was standing-room only, all to celebrate Capital Area United Way’s board of directors, donors, staff and volunteers at their 2013-14 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet on Monday.

Stacey D. Stewart, US President of United Way Worldwide, spoke to the more than 300 individuals from corporate, non-profit, faith groups and government partners of the organization.

At the event, CAUW named the newly-elected 2014-15 board members and officers and the annual Big Five Awards – the organization’s most prestigious awards. The Employee Campaign Coordinator Awards and Five-Star Awards were also presented at the luncheon.

The following awards were presented:

Big Five Awards:
- Outstanding Volunteer Award – Scott Berg
- Outstanding Media Award – Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
- Community Impact Award – The Emerge Center (formerly The Baton Rouge Speech & Hearing Foundation)
- Standard of Excellence Award – Turner Industries
- Myron Falk Service Excellence Award – Wendy Abboud

Outgoing Board Members:
- Jude Bursavich who served 2011 – 2014
- Sherrie Despino who served 2011 – 2014
- Jere Ducote who served 2011 – 2014
- Christy Reeves who served 2008 – 2014
- Terrie Sterling who served 2011 – 2014
- Dr. Ernie Hughes who served 2009 – 2014

Employee Campaign Coordinator Awards:
- LIVE UNITED Award - Small Company – Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance
- LIVE UNITED Award - Medium Company – Louisiana Healthcare Connections
- Best of the Best Award – Susan Bell, Brandon Smith and Coach Johnny Jones from LSU
- Leading the Way Award – Postlethwaite and Netterville
- New Company Campaign Award – Plant Engineering
- Top Notch Award – Methanex
- Campaign Spirit Award – Pennington Biomedical Research Center
- Movin’ on Up Award – Small Company – Red River Bank
- Movin’ on Up Award – Medium Company – East Feliciana Parish Schools
- Movin’ on Up Award – Large Company – Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

Five-Star Awards were presented to BASF, CB&I, Dow Chemical Company, ExxonMobil, SGS Petroleum and Turner Industries

Mike Albano of Dow Chemical Company will lead CAUW as board chair for 2014-15. Ralph Bender of Manship Media will be the 2014-15 board chair elect. Stephen Toups of Turner Industries will lead as the campaign cabinet chair for 2014-15.

To learn how you can Be Part of the Solution, log on to www.CAUW.org. #CAUWSOLUTION * #LIVEUNITED

Capital Area United Way
Our Vision: A community where everyone is empowered to achieve their full potential
Mission Statement: To improve lives by leveraging partnerships in our community to advance the common good through education, income stability, and healthy living
Capital Area United Way works to advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for all. This is done through our focus on education, income stability, and healthy living. Through 114 programs and community initiatives, we touch the lives of thousands in our 10-parish Capital Area and are making a positive impact on a daily basis. To give, advocate, or volunteer, please visit CAUW.org.

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