Businesses honored for roles in United Way campaign

Jerome Gonzales
Jerome Gonzales

Five businesses received awards for their efforts in a fund-raising campaign that fell short of the goal, but still collected nearly $1 million for United Way of Mesa County.

As of Feb. 26, the 2013 and 2014 United Way campaign had raised $950,557. That’s 88 percent of the $1.1 million goal and 3 percent less than what was raised by this time last year.

Workplace campaigns accounted for more than 80 percent of contributions.

“With our community still recovering from the recession, this amount raised shows that our community wants to give and help those in need locally, and they gave whatever they could,” said Jerome Gonzales, president of JG Management Systems in Grand Junction and co-chairman of the campaign.

The campaign remains open through March 31. Businesses or individuals still can contribute by calling 243-5364 or visiting

Volunteers have started reviewing funding applications from 48 nonprofit programs in Mesa County. Allocations will be announced in June.

United Way of Mesa County presented six awards at the celebration:

  • Bank of the West won the Ingenuity Award for the most creative use of the campaign theme.
  • Geri Tamborelli and Shelly Tran at St. Mary’s Hospital won the Raul Ramos Memorial Award for their leadership in a workplace campaign that resulted in increased contributions.
  • The Western Rockies and Coloramo federal credit unions won the Trailblazer Award for setting an example of philanthropy for its industry.
  • High Country Beverage received the Maverick Award for a first-time workplace campaign with the greatest success.
  • Western Slope Auto won the Spirit of Giving Award presented to a company that exemplifies the spirit of United Way with its philanthropy throughout the year.
  • Community Food Bank won the Mary J. Nelson Inspirational Award presented to a United Way-funded agency that demonstrates community leadership and a high standard of service to clients.