NEW PHILADELPHIA -- The United Way of Tuscarawas County celebrated the successful conclusion of its 2011-2012 fundraising drive at the organization's annual meeting and awards ceremony Thursday, Feb. 16.

Before a crowd of dedicated volunteers, partner agencies, and local businesses, Campaign General Chairman Allan Sayre announced the United Way raised $585,207, surpassing its goal of $575,000. Sayre attributed this year's success to the hard work of numerous community volunteers and the generosity of Tuscarawas County residents.

"Although the campaign got off to a slow start this year, local businesses, employees, and individual donors really came though in the last weeks of the campaign," said Sayre "I think people understand that many local agencies and programs rely on United Way funding to continue providing much needed services here in Tuscarawas County."

Proceeds from the United Way campaign will provide funding to a number of area health & human service programs focusing on strengthening families & children, promoting health & wellness, and reducing emergency needs.

The annual meeting included the election of Officers for the United Way of Tuscarawas County. Those serving in 2012 will include: Board chair, Sylvia Argento, Tuscarawas County Juvenile Court; Vice chair, Janel Bevan, Ohio Desk; secretary, Larry Chiott, Community Volunteer; and treasurer, Martin Merryman, Ohio Heritage Bank. Board members entering new terms included: Paul McEwan (Rea & Associates); Allan Sayre (Tuscarawas County Auditor's Office); Robert Smith (Smith Ambulance & Smith Funeral Homes); and Tim Staley (Staley Technologies).

Robert Smith owner of Smith Ambulance and Smith Funeral Homes will serve as General Campaign Chairman for the 2012-2013 campaign after assisting Sayre this year.

The awards ceremony began with recognition of the volunteers serving on the 2011-2012 campaign team. These volunteers included: Chad Bailey, MT Business Technologies; Steve Coutts, First National Bank of Dennison; Marty Chumney, Tuscarawas Metropolitan Housing Authority; Bret Kettlewell, Metal Masters; Michele Lieser, McInturf Realty; and Marc Nolen, Dover Chemical (Industrial Division); John Beitzel, Community Volunteer; Sally O'Donnell, First Federal Community Bank; Doug Sopher, Sopher Insurance; and Elaine Tedrow, The Commercial & Savings Bank (Financial Division); Carol Haglock, Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union; and Bob Wolf, First National Bank of Dennison (Retail Division); Larry Lindberg, Tuscarawas County Auditor's Office (Public Employees Division); Cindy Laughlin, East Central Ohio Educational Service Division; and Dana Roll, Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union (Professional Division); Agnes Swigart, Community Volunteer (Special Gifts Division); Rob Maurer, Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union (Education Division); Rick Andrews, Troyer & Associates; and Joel McKinnon, McKinnon Insurance (Service Division); Bruce James; Union Hospital (Health Care Division); Amanda Marino, Pissocra Mathias Realty; Glenn Mears, Parkway Auto Group; and Andrew Wright, McKinnon Insurance (Transportation Division).

A number of local companies and organizations were presented with awards for their contributions to the 2011-2012 campaign. Leadership Circle Awards were presented to the businesses and organizations with outstanding overall employee and corporate giving. These included: Allied Machine & Engineering; American Electric Power; Dover Chemical; Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union; Gradall; Huntington Bank; Kimble Companies; Marsh Industries; Union Hospital; United Parcel Service; and Zimmer Surgical.

President's Awards were presented to companies that recorded a 10 percent increase in giving and significant employee participation. These included: llied Machine & Engineering; Complete Hydraulic Service; Dover Schools; Dr. Pepper Snapple Group; Humphries Auto City; Kent State University at Tuscarawas; MKC Associates; Parkway Auto Group; Sopher Insurance; Tuscarawas County Auditor's Office; and the YMCA.

Two area companies were awarded Pioneer Awards for conducting significant new campaigns. PartsMart, Inc and Trinity Hospital Twin City were the recipients of this award.

Employees groups were also awarded special plaques in appreciation for their support. Gold Awards for employee participation of 90% or more included: American Red Cross; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union; Family Office Equipment; MKC Associates; McInturf Realty; Ohio Heritage Bank; Sopher Insurance; Tuscarawas Clinic for the Working Uninsured; Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce; Tuscarawas County Clerk of Courts; and the Tuscarawas County Recorder's Office. Silver Awards for employee participation of 80 percent or more included: Tuscarawas County Treasurer's Office; and Zimmer Surgical. Bronze Awards for employee participation of at least 70 percent included: Buehler's Food Market - New Philadelphia; First National Bank of Dennison; Goodwill Industries; Personal & Family Counseling Services; and Wendy's.

The Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union was recognized for their corporate sponsorship of the United Way Rock-N-Run and two area businesses were recognized for their sponsorship of the 2nd annual Chow Down to Help the Town. These businesses were Park Street Pizza and McKinnon Insurance. American Electric Power received a special plaque in appreciation for their support of United Way's Emergency Needs Care Area.

Longtime IRS VITA Program volunteer Richard Berichon was honored for his years of service providing free tax assistance to low-income households at the United Way office.

The final highlight of the awards ceremony was the presentation of the Vic Marsh Annual Service Award to the

Kimble Family of Dover. This award is presented by the United Way Board of Trustees to honor outstanding commitment and dedication to the United Way of Tuscarawas County and the community.

The Kimble's operate the Kimble Companies, Red Hill Development and the Kimble Foundation.

The family-owned business was founded by Doris Kimble and her late husband, Floyd. For the past 63 years, the Kimble's organizations have given back to the community; through generous donations by the Kimble Foundation and employment opportunities at the many Kimble Company divisions: Kimble Clay and Limestone, Penn-Ohio Coal, Red Hill Development, Central Fuel, Kimble Sanitary Landfill, Kimble Transfer and Recycling, Ace Disposal and J&J Refuse.