United Way of Whatcom County honors 2014 contributors

United Way of Whatcom County honored local businesses, nonprofits and individuals for fundraising contributions to its annual Workplace Giving campaign. The local nonprofit gave out awards in ten categories at an awards banquet on March 12 at Silver Reef Casino.

BP Cherry Point Refinery, Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery and PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center received “Super Star” awards. Those three organizations were responsible for the largest workplace giving campaigns and their funds made up almost one-third of total campaign contributions, according to a United Way press release.

Kori Olsen of Whatcom Transit Authority won the Campaign Coordinator of the Year award. Olsen helped Whatcom Transit Authority surpass the amount it gave to United Way last year. Olsen was a new employee at the time.

Whatcom Educational Credit Union won a special Cornerstone Award for its ongoing support in creating strength and stability for United Way and the community, according to the news release. WECU had a record breaking giving campaign and United Way directors also noted that the credit union gives back to the community through financial literary seminars, has a team that works on volunteer projects for local nonprofits and gives scholarships and donations to local causes.

The Joseph and Anne McClain award, which United Way called the most prestigious award of the night, went to Mills Electric. United Way gives the award to companies that inspire others. Mills Electric doubled its previous campaign in both dollars and number of donors. Samson Rope was also honored with an Inspiration Award for its unique approach. The company had employees share stories of how a United Way-funded program impacted their lives.

Washington Federal won the Community Partner award for donating office space to United Way and two other nonprofits on the top floor of its building on Cornwall Street.

View the full list of winners here.

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