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April 11, 2014

United Way honors volunteers committed to strengthening Northern Kentucky community

United Way of Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky honored local volunteers and an organization at its annual meeting April 10 at Drees Pavilion for their work to strengthen the Northern Kentucky community throughout 2013.

The event is also an opportunity to celebrate accomplishments in Northern Kentucky over the past year that have helped the region move closer to achieving the Bold Goals for Our Region.

This year’s honorees include:

Rhonda Whitaker, Director, Duke Energy Kentucky

Gary R. Bricking Community Leadership Award

Whitaker has been a long-time supporter, ambassador and volunteer for United Way. Not only was she the Northern Kentucky campaign chair in 2011 for United Way of Greater Cincinnati, but also the first woman to do so. Beyond her work with United Way, she is also involved with the Northern Kentucky Chamber, the Covington Business Council, Tri-ED, Gateway Community and Technical College, Northern Kentucky University, and others. She was also a 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Woman of Northern Kentucky Award.

Dr. Jaesook Gilbert, Northern Kentucky University and Dr. Helene Harte, University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College

Education Partner Award

Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Harte have been an integral part of Northern Kentucky’s Success by 6® work by lending their time, talent and expertise in early childhood development, research and best practices. They have been committed to a more regional approach and partnerships that strengthen educational opportunities and student achievement across the region. They are the masterminds behind the development of bornlearning® Academies and the Taste of Learning initiative. Their expertise has helped realize promising results to better prepare children for kindergarten in Northern Kentucky.

The Nielsen Company

Circle of Excellence Award

The Nielsen Company is a model corporate partner for our region. Through in-kind services, corporate and employee giving, and volunteer engagement, Nielsen is committed to investing their time, talent and money to make Greater Cincinnati a better place to live. Nielsen and its employees are deeply committed to supporting a variety of philanthropic and charitable causes in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. Nielsen Cares, an internal employee volunteer program, provides a vehicle for employees to give back through traditional and skills-based volunteering. Hundreds of Nielsen employees have devoted many hours to United Way Community Care projects and have also been involved in Paint the Town, City Gospel Mission, ArtsWave, the Brown County Animal Shelter and Freestore Foodbank. Most recently, they provided invaluable data analytics expertise to measure the impact of United Way's Success By 6® initiative and bornlearning® Academies.