United Way of El Paso County (UWEPC) held its 2014 Annual Appreciation Luncheon at the Marriott Hotel on Wednesday April 30, 2014. The event celebrated United Way’s work in Education, Basic Needs, and Income and recognized the organization’s donors and supporters. In addition, company workplace giving campaigns were recognized.
- The Chairman’s Award, given to individuals and/or organizations that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to the community and the UWEPC, was presented to United Way Board Members Norman Gordon, Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan and Victor Nevarez, Western Refining.
- Alicia R. Chacón Award, given in recognition of the commendable partnership and exceptional commitment by a community impact funded agency to make the UWEPC a greater success, was presented to The El Paso Center for Children and Executive Director, Sandy Rioux.
- 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 UWEPC 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, was presented to the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation.
- Community Spirit Award, given to a community partner for their generosity and extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life for El Pasoans through corporate responsibility was presented to Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold.
- LIVE UNITED Award – Volunteer, given to an individual or group 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 El Paso Electric Co. and Ray Perez, University of Texas at El Paso Student United Way President.
- LIVE UNITED Award – Advocate, given to an individual or group 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 Victory Warriors.
- LIVE UNITED Award – Give, given to the company or organization that achieved the highest total annual employee and corporate giving, was presented to Western Refining Company.
“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 Deborah A. Zuloaga, CEO, UWEPC. “Our work could not be done without their support.”