Game Changers: A Year in Review Recap

March 14, 2018 | United Way Team

Tim Stiles, UWECI President and CEOOn Thursday, March 8, we held our event, Game Changers: A Year in Review, at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. Game Changers work to break the cycle of poverty as United Way fights for the education, financial stability, and health of every person in our community. This event was a great opportunity to recognize individuals and companies who participated in our annual campaign and celebrate our shared accomplishments.

First, President & CEO, Tim Stiles recapped the last year here at United Way and announced winners of our Annual Awards:

  • John B. Northcott Award: Jon Bancks
  • Jon Bancks, 2018 John B. Northcott Award Winner, and Tim Stiles, UWECI President and CEOCommunity Philanthropist Award: Jared and Carol Hills
  • Young Leaders Award: Brooke Lentz

Next, our Campaign Co-Chairs, Anne Carter and Kate Minette listed a few ways last year's campaign made important strides for our community:

  • Education: In partnership with HACAP, the RED Ahead program distributed 10,426 books to children.
  • Financial Stability: Taxpayers received $3.35 million in refunds through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
  • Health: FamilyWize and United Way worked together to help Iowans receive $67,032 in prescription savings.
  • Volunteerism: Volunteers committed 66,730 volunteer hours worth $1.61 million.

All of these examples lead to more than $12 million reinvested into the community. Thank you for your role in making this possible for East Central Iowa.

Jared and Carol Hills, 2018 Community Philanthropist Award Winners, and Tim Stiles, UWECI President and CEO

Afterwards, Anne and Kate helped us announce this year's Campaign Award winners. Congratulations to the following individuals and companies:

2017 Campaign Chairs, Anne Carter and Kate Minette, with 2018 Chairs Andrew, Darrel, and Paul Morf

Finally, we introduced our incoming campaign co-chairs. Andrew (Acumen Benefit Advisors), Darrel (Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC), and Paul Morf (Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLCwill lead the charge next year for United Way.

Thank you all for your support and joining the fight for our community. Together, we will continue to act as game changers for East Central Iowa.