United Way campaign raises more than $900,000

Businesses and organizations were recognized for their roles in a campaign that raised more than $900,000 for United Way of Mesa County.

As of March 6, the campaign had raised $914,404. That’s more than 91 percent of the $1 million goal announced at the beginning of the fund-raising effort.

Most of the money comes from employee workplace contributions and individual donations. Proceeds from the  Chilled by the River and Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley benefit events add to the total. Funds are allocated to nonprofit health and human service programs in Mesa County.

“United Way is truly a ground up process of local businesses and citizens investing in the quality of life in Mesa County,” said Joe Higgins, a member of the United Way of Mesa County board of directors and co-chairman of the latest campaign.

Volunteers soon will review funding requests from 44 applicants. Allocations will be announced in late spring.

United Way of Mesa County presented seven awards at its annual campaign celebration:

High Country Beverage Western Slope was honored as the company that best exemplifies the spirit of United Way for its corporate philanthropy throughout the year.

Enterprise Holdings was recognized for a new or renewed workplace campaign that experienced the greatest success.

JG Management Systems was recognized for the largest increase in a workplace campaign in terms of both participation and overall contributions.

St. Mary’s Medical Center was recognized for its innovative campaign techniques.

The campaign team at HopeWest received the Raul Ramos Memorial Award for its leadership in a workplace campaign that resulted in increased contributions.

Mesa County School District 51 was recognized as an organization that sets an example of philanthropy for the community.

The Counseling and Education Center 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.