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May 08, 2014

United Way celebrates 2013 successes, honors community volunteers

CINCINNATI – United Way of Greater Cincinnati honored those community members who LIVE UNITED and have shown strong support for the Bold Goals for Our Region at its 13th Annual Leaders & Legends Luncheon today at the Duke Energy Center. The event spotlights “legends” – United Way’s past leaders, current leaders and community volunteers who are creating real, lasting change.

The New Century Awards salute individuals whose caring and compassion improve people’s lives and foster the spirit of voluntarism. These individuals bring with them the passion, expertise and resources needed to help achieve United Way’s goal of achieving measurable results in the areas of Education, Income and Health for a stronger community.

The event is also an opportunity to celebrate accomplishments over the past year as United Way continues to make progress against the goals of Impact 2020, which outlines United Way’s strategic direction toward helping children and youth succeed, individuals and families achieve financial stability, and people achieve maximum independence.

  • Success By 6® led the kindergarten readiness movement, increasing the number of quality-rated early childhood education centers by 236 percent. There’s also been a 30 percent increase in kindergarten readiness in our urban schools since 2006.
  • Nearly 8,000 people have been trained for in-demand jobs through career pathways since 2008 – 81 percent obtained employment and 73 percent retained employment for at least one year. Partners for a Competitive Workforce also gained national recognition, receiving the Common Good Award from United Way Worldwide.
  • United Way was a key partner in establishing the Health Collaborative as a backbone organization that will lead the development of the community health agenda in 2014.
  • In addition to receiving more than 262,000 calls and web searches, United Way 211 received its one millionth call in August.

These and more can be found in United Way’s 2013 Report to the Community.

This year’s New Century Leadership Award honorees are:

The Geier Family Award for United Way Leadership

Kay Geiger, President, PNC Bank, Gr. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky

Ruth W. and Robert I. Westheimer Award for Continuous Leadership

David E. Szkutak, Community Volunteer

Neil H. McElroy Award for United Way Resource Development Leadership

Lee Ann Liska, President & CEO, UC Medical Center

Joseph A. Hall Award for Promoting Diversity

Marian A. Spencer, Community Volunteer

Impact Leadership Award

Carla D. Walker, CEO/Founder, think BIG strategies, llc Rabbi Irvin M. Wise, Senior Rabbi, Adath Israel Congregation

Youth Leadership Award

Alexander & Hannah Laman, Loveland Intermediate School


This year’s New Century Community Service honorees are:

Improving Our Community

Scott M.  Ellsworth, VP, U.S. Operations, Tipco Punch, Inc.
Christie A. M. Bryant, Esq., Owner, Records Requests, Ltd.
Kathleen L. Schwab, Exec. Director,  LISC of Gr. Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky
Liza D. Smitherman, VP, Professional Development, Jostin Construction, Inc., & Partner, Brewster Pumping, LLC

Developing Resources

Mary Ann Weber, VP, Human Resources, HORAN

Strengthening Our Region

Nancy A. Spivey, VP of Development, YWCA Greater Cincinnati

Improving Our Accountability and Effectiveness

John D. Cottingham, Partner, Thompson Hine LLP

Communicating Our Message

Kathleen P. List, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.


To view details of these awards, visit the Leaders and Legends section of the 2013 Report to the Community.