2nd Annual Celebration of Caring

United Way of Central Washington held the 2nd Annual Celebration of Caring event on March 23, 2016 at the 4th Street Theatre. Awards were presented to both business and individuals, honoring the efforts of the volunteers that contributed to the success of the 2015 United Way Campaign. More than 500 companies and more than 12,000 donors throughout Yakima and Kittitas Counties support their communities by contributing to the success of the United Way fundraising campaign.

“Campaign volunteers, led by Chair Tony Klein, put a tremendous amount of work into our community’s fundraising drive,” said Mark Todd, United Way of Central Washington’s President & CEO. “Business leaders from all sectors once again demonstrated a deep commitment to helping people and nonprofits. Our participating companies and their employees truly embody the spirit of our caring community.”

Tree Top Inc. again received the campaign’s top award, running the most successful employee drive. More than $1.5 million is raised annually through United Way's workplace campaigns, and invested by volunteers in effective local social service programs.

Campaign Performance Awards

Largest Percentage of Employee Pillars
Elliot Insurance

Increased Pillars Participation
Sundquist Fruit

Largest Number of Pillars
Tree Top, Inc.

Largest New Corporate Gift

Largest Corporate Gift
Yakima Federal Savings & Loan

Largest Increase in Corporate Gift
Banner Bank

Largest Employee Campaign
Tree Top, Inc.

Largest Increase in Employee Giving
Gilbert Orchards

Special Recognition Awards
Most Improved Employee Engagement
Yakima School District

Innovation Award
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

Employee Campaign Chair of the Year
Henrietta (Henri) Swale, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

Partner Agency Advocacy Award
Elizabeth Benefiel, Love, Inc.

Campaign Volunteer of the Year
Cal Blethen, RBC Wealth Management

Loaned Executive of the Year
Jenna Vogel, Alegria & Company, PS

Industry Awards
Gilbert Orchards

Yakima County
City of Ellensburg

Yakima School District
East Valley School District

Financial Services
Banner Bank

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

Hospitality/Food Service


Bob Hall Auto Dealers

Professional Services
Abeyta-Nelson Injury Law, PLLC.
Alegria & Company, P.S.

Catholic Family & Child Services

Business Services
United Parcel Service

Campaign Chair’s Award

Tree Top, Inc.