United Way of El Paso 2013 awards highlight ongoing community commitment

In April,  United Way of El Paso County paid tribute to supporters at the organization’s annual Appreciation Luncheon, taking one day to stop and thank those who dedicate themselves year-round to create lasting positive change in Education, Basic Needs, and Income.

The 2013 Annual Appreciation Luncheon at the Marriott Hotel on Tuesday, April 16 celebrated United Way’s 90th year working in El Paso to change community conditions, as well as recognized the organization’s thousands of special donors and supporters.

Several individuals and organizations were given awards for their outstanding support of the United Way’s programs and mission.

“United Way of El Paso County is honored to be able to recognize this year’s award recipients for their dedication to our community,” said Janet Aguilar, Board Chair of the United Way of El Paso County. “Our work could not be done without  their support.”

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(L-R) Immediate Past Chair Victor Nevarez, Rosa Sotelo, Teresa Alarcon, Board Chair Janet Aguilar

Western Refining Company received the LIVE UNITED Give Award for having the highest total annual employee and corporate giving.  With the help of great campaign coordinators and one manager’s mustache challenge, Western Refining employees increased their giving over the previous year by 31 percent.

” We encourage our employees to participate, to give back, and to make a positive difference by enhancing the local life experience,”  Western Refining says on its website. Clearly, they are making a difference with the United Way.

Western’s friendly rivals in fund-raising and volunteering, El Paso Electric Company received the Community Partnership Award, given to the company or organization that commits to improve the quality of life for El Paso county residents through a partnership with the United Way of El Paso County and works with UWEPC as equal partners to build a cohesive community that serves as a model for collaborating with others for the greater good.

Other awards included:

The Chairman’s Award, given to individuals and/or organizations that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to the community and the UWEPC, was presented to Rosa Sotelo of Western Refining and Teresa Alarcon of UPS Brown.

Alicia R. Chacón Award, given in recognition of the commendable partnership and exceptional commitment by a community partner to make the UWEPC a greater success, was presented to The Salvation Army.

• Solidarity Award, given in recognition of organized labor’s steadfast support and partnership with the UWEPC, was presented to Lucilla Clarke of El Paso Federation of Teachers and Support Personnel.

 • LIVE UNITED Award – Volunteer, given to a group of individuals who: provide volunteer time for UWEPC over an extended period of time; show outstanding initiative in meeting a community need through UWEPC initiatives; reflect a positive, visible impact in the community for UWEPC; encourage others to volunteer, was presented to AT&T.

 • LIVE UNITED Award – Advocate, given to an individual who: advocates for one of UWEPC’s impact areas at the local, state, or national level; organizes other professional groups or individuals to advocate for one of UWEPC impact areas; generates support or raising awareness of UWEPC’s impact areas among elected officials at the local, state or national level; demonstrates leadership on critical community issues, was presented to Judge Brian Haggerty.

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