A packed ballroom at Embassy Suites on April 23 celebrated the close of the 2017 campaign that raised $6,748,450. Executive Director Brian Wachman expressed his thanks and said that as the community grows; so do unmet needs for services. “United Way works alongside our partners to focus funds where they are most needed and best used around our three pillars of Education, Income and Health.”
Enthusiasm for the level of community involvement continued when Dr. Steve Joel, 2017 United Way board of directors president, began the presentations saying, “Lincoln is a tremendous community that gets behind people and programs to help people be successful; to be associated with United Way has great meaning to me.”
Joel presented Tom Randa, director of Good Neighbor Community Center with the Spirit of United Way recognition. He presented the President’s Award jointly to Nelnet and Union Bank & Trust for teaming-up to raise more than $1.1 million for the 2017 campaign.
Russ Sebek, 2017 United Way campaign chair, said he took his volunteer position very seriously and expressed his pride in the campaign’s accomplishments. He said, “Going out to the participating agencies is eye-opening.”
“Lincoln is an unbelievable community when it comes to coming together for a great cause. It’s great to see Lincoln be one of the greatest places in America,” said attendee Dan Senft, product manager from Fiserv and team leader for its volunteer engagement team.
United Way supports 42 and Community Health Charities represents another 22 community agencies supported by the joint annual campaign.