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Annual luncheon celebrates United Way volunteers and supporters

Bill Harding of New Philadelphia received the Vic Marsh Annual Service Award.


The United Way of Tuscarawas County celebrated the conclusion of its 2016 fundraising campaign at the organization's annual meeting and awards ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 16. Before a crowd of dedicated volunteers, partner agencies and local businesses, campaign chair Michele Lieser made the announcement that the United Way raised over $540,333.06.

The United Way wishes to express its appreciation for the support received each year by the community members. This year they were able to exceed last year's campaign total by five percent.

“I would like to sincerely thank our wonderful community for once again contributing to the annual United Way campaign,” Lieser said. “This support is what makes the campaign successful each year. From September through January area residents worked together in an effort to help others.”

Proceeds from the United Way campaign will provide funding to 22 area health and human service programs, focusing on strengthening families and children, promoting health and wellness, and reducing emergency needs.

Local community members serving as officers for the organization in 2017 will include board chair Diana Boyd (Union Hospital), vice chair Paul McEwan (Rea & Associates), treasurer Marty Merryman (Century National Bank), secretary Orvis Campbell (Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office) and immediate past chair Kristin Zemis (Zemis Legal Services).

The following trustees were elected for a three-year term: Mark Waltz (Waltz Appraisal Services), Sylvia Argento (Tuscarawas County Probate/Juvenile Court ) and Gail Houglan (Allied Machine & Engineering).

Nichole Zesiger will serve as campaign chair for the 2017 campaign after assisting Michele Lieser this year.

Chris Beck (Union Hospital) will serve as assistant 2017 campaign chair.

The awards ceremony began with recognition of the volunteers that served on the 2016 campaign team. These volunteers included:

Steve Coutts, First National Bank of Dennison; Bret Kettlewell, Metal Masters; Sally O'Donnell, First Federal Community Bank; Doug Sopher, Sopher Insurance; Elaine Tedrow, The Commercial & Savings Bank; Carol Haglock, DoverPhila Federal Credit Union; Jeanne Stephen, Tuscarawas County Clerk of Courts; Elizabeth Stephenson, Tuscarawas County Court of Common Pleas; Darlene Finzer, Rea & Associates; Cindy Laughlin, East Central Ohio Educational Service Center; Dana Roll, DoverPhila Federal Credit Union; Agnes Swigart, community volunteer; Susan Klann, Huntington National Bank; Rick Andrews, Troyer & Associates; Bruce James, Union Hospital; Andrew Wright, Hanhart Insurance Agency; Orvis Campbell, Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office; and Paul McEwan, Rea & Associates.

A number of local companies and organizations were presented with awards for their contributions to the 2016 campaign. Leadership Circle Awards were presented to the businesses and organizations with outstanding overall employee and corporate giving. These included:

Allied Machine & Engineering, American Electric Power, Chase, The Citizens Savings Bank, Complete Hydraulic Service, Dominion East Ohio, Dover Chemical, DoverPhila Federal Credit Union, Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group, Family Office Equipment, Fenton Brothers' Electric Company, First Federal Community Bank, First National Bank of Dennison, Gradall, Huntington National Bank, Kimble Companies, Marsh Industries, McInturf Realty, Miller & Miller Insurance, Parkway Auto Group, Peoples Bank, R & J Cylinder & Machine, Rea & Associates, Sopher Insurance, Superior Clay, Timken, Troyer & Associates, Tusco Display, Union Hospital, United Parcel Service, U.S. Bank, Wendy's and Zimmer Biomet.

President's Awards were presented to companies that recorded a 10 percent increase in giving. These included:

American Electric Power, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio, Buckeye Career Center, Century National Bank, Community Mental Healthcare, Dover Chemical, DoverPhila Federal Credit Union, Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group, Elder-Beerman, Family Office Equipment Inc., Inca Presswood Pallets Ltd., Marsh Industries, New Philadelphia City Schools, Trinity Hospital Twin City, Troyer & Associates, Tuscarawas Clinic for the Working Uninsured, Tuscarawas County Clerk of Courts, Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services, Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office, Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools, U.S. Bank, United Parcel Service, USA Label, Wendy's, Workforce Initiative Association, YMCA and Zimmer Biomet.

The number of recipients of the 2016 President's Award doubled over last year.

The Pioneer Award was presented to Harcatus and Tuscarawas County Title Company for holding a United Way campaign for the first time.

The DoverPhila Federal Credit Union was recognized for its corporate sponsorship of the Color Us United 2K and the United Way Rock-N-Run 5K and Tusco Display for the Tusco Display 5K.

Outstanding Media Contribution Awards went to The Budget, The Tuscarawas Bargain Hunter, The Times Reporter, WJER Radio and WTUZ Radio.

The Community Impact Award was presented to First United Methodist Church of New Philadelphia.

The final highlight of the awards ceremony was the presentation of the Vic Marsh Annual Service Award to William H. Harding of New Philadelphia. This award is presented by the United Way's board of trustees to honor outstanding commitment and dedication to the United Way of Tuscarawas County and the community.

Harding is the retired president and CEO of Union Hospital. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and a MBA from the University of Toledo.

Harding is a longtime United Way supporter and served as chair of the Healthcare Division. In addition to his commitment to the United Way, Harding has been involved with numerous area boards and committees including Tuscarawas County Re-Entry Coalition, the Anti-Drug Coalition, Access Tusc., Healthy Tusc., Leadership Tuscarawas, Tuscarawas County Law Library Resources Board, Area Agency on Aging — Region 9, Tuscarawas Oil & Gas Alliance, Ohio Medical Quality Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Harding is a past chairman of the Community Improvement Corporation of Tuscarawas County, the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Division of the American Cancer Society.

Harding and wife Monica have been married for 44 years and have two daughters and five grandchildren.

To donate, volunteer or for more information, call the United Way of Tuscarawas County at 330-343-7772 or visit www.tuscunitedway.org.

Published: February 16, 2017
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