United Way recognizes supporters at 2015 Appreciation Luncheon

As a thank-you, United Way of El Paso County (UWEPC) hosted an event in honor of its donors, volunteers and agencies who have contributed to creating lasting change in the lives of El Paso families. Monica Castillo, KPRR radio personality and special events and military groups coordinator – ticket sales for the El Paso Chihuahuas, was the master of ceremonies for the event that took place Monday, April 13, 2015.

During the celebration an array of awards were given to local employee groups in recognition of their giving achievements. Also presented are awards that reward organizations and individuals whose partnerships, volunteerism and advocacy are exceptional.

During the celebration an array of awards were given to local employee groups in recognition of their giving achievements. It also presented awards that reward organizations and individuals whose partnerships, volunteerism and advocacy are exceptional. Many of El Paso’s prominent companies, agencies, institutions were acknowledged. This year more than 100 employee groups were recognized.

A notable award is the Alicia R. Chacon, which recognized extraordinary commitment by a community partner to make the UWEPC a great success. It was presented by the trailblazer herself who once held the president and CEO position at UWEPC. We thank Ms. Chacon for making the time to attend the event and present the award.

Award Recipients: 

Alicia R. Chacón Award presented to Jewish Family and Children’s Services and its executive director Emily Stuessy
In recognition of a commendable partnership with UWEPC and exceptional commitment to help children through community-based outpatient counseling services.

Chairman’s Award  presented to Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas El Paso Branch
In appreciation of his efforts to help UWEPC shape the future of our community impact work.

Community Partnership Award presented to Lower Valley Housing Corporation
In appreciation of efforts to help UWEPC shape the future of our community impact work through support of our Alternative Spring Break Program.

Community Spirit Award presented to WestStar Bank
In appreciation of its generosity and extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life for all El Pasoans.

Solidarity Award  presented to Juan De La Torre
In recognition of his contributions and dedication to improving the quality life for all El Pasoans and in appreciation of his steadfast endorsement of UWEPC.

LIVE UNITED – Give Award presented to Western Refining
In appreciation of their generosity and achieving the highest total annual employee and corporate giving.

LIVE UNITED – Advocate Award presented to Janie M. Sinclair, executive director of El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank
In appreciation of her commitment to raising the awareness of UWEPC efforts in meeting the basic needs of El Pasoans.

LIVE UNITED – Volunteer Award presented to Raul Jara & Robert Ontiveros at University Medical Center of El Paso
In appreciation of their longtime volunteer service as exemplary UWEPC workplace giving employee campaign coordinator. 

Combined Campaign Awards: 

Arco de Plata – Employee and/or corporate contributions between $50,000 and $100,000.
El Paso Water Utilities
GECU
Johnson & Johnson
Texas Gas Services
Texas Tech University
University Medical Center of El Paso
WestStar Bank 

Arco de Oro – Employee and/or corporate contributions between $100,000 and $250,000.
AT&T
UPS
University of Texas at El Paso 

Arco de Platino – Giving reflects employee and corporate contributions of $250,000 or more.
El Paso Electric Company
Freeport-McMoran Copper and Gold
Western Refining 

2015 Award Winners

(Left to Right) Roberto Coronado, UWEPC board and Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – El Paso Branch; Emily Stuessy, Jewish Family and Children’s Services; Raul Jara, University Medical Center of El Paso; Robert Ontiveros, University Medical Center of El Paso; Janie Sinclair, El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank; Mariel Rodriguez, Western Refining; Anita Werner, UWEPC board and WestStar Bank

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