NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Mar. 16th, 2022) – The United Way of Tuscarawas County is getting to celebrate the final numbers for its biggest yearly fundraiser ever in 2021.
President Robin Waltz says the 79th annual campaign ended up setting a record with $611,564.80, as revealed during their virtual awards ceremony this week.
“It’s outstanding, I was so surprised. Last year was record-breaking at $604,000. Just had no idea how this year would turn out,” said Waltz
Waltz says the campaign provides funding to 18 area health and human service programs as well as special grants focusing on building a sustainable community.
“What we do is make a multi-year commitment to those organizations. It’s going to be a relief to our partner agencies, as well as us, that we made this kind of money,” Waltz added.
Waltz also credits the campaign’s chair, Kent State Tuscarawas Dean Dr. Brad Bielski.
“He was just very passionate about the campaign, passionate about getting the word out and he had a great group of volunteers who helped him as community solicitors,” she said.
Retiring Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital President Bruce James will serve as the campaign chair for the 2022 effort after assisting Bielski this past year.
Jeff Hootman of Dover was also honored during the ceremony with the Vic Marsh Annual Service Award for his commitment spanning over four decades.
“He has been instrumental in growing the United Way campaign. He was part of our community impact committee, he’s been on our board, he’s been our board chair over the years. He’s just been a real champion for the United Way and the community,” she said.
The ceremony is being posted on the United Way of Tuscarawas County Facebook page and at tuscunitedway.org.