Community celebrates 40 years, honors volunteers

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Over 230 community members celebrated the significant impact of the Livingston County United Way on the lives of children, youth, families, disabled adults, and seniors as the nonprofit marked its 40th anniversary.

Dan Danosky, retired Livingston Educational Service Agency Superintendent and outgoing United Way President, emceed the Livingston County United Way’s “Spirit of the Community” breakfast today. Danosky recognized outgoing board members for their service, introduced incoming board members, and provided an overview of progress made this past year. He turned the gavel over to incoming United Way President Steve Williams, president of EctoHr, Inc.

United Way Campaign Co-Chairperson Carol Griffith recapped the 2016 United Way campaign. She recognized Pacesetter and Top Eleven partners, and Campaign Champions, and thanked all donors for their commitment to the work being done.

The annual meeting spotlighted the work throughout the community to improve Financial Stability, Every Child Ready and Community Wellness in Livingston County. This year a “Billboard Slogans” theme described the community initiatives: Every Child is Ready for Kindergarten; Youth are Valued; Families Thrive; Everyone has Enough to Eat; Keeping Families in Their Homes; A Great Place to Retire and Enjoy Grandchildren; and, A Great Place to Live.

Kala Barringer, a high school senior, received the Young Person of Distinction Award. Howell High School Volleyball Teams were recognized with the Youth Organization of the Year award.

The recipient of the Charles W. Itsell Volunteer of the Year was Dianne Samples from Jonna’s Market in Howell. Receiving the Donald Epley Lifetime Community Service award was Jane Sutterfield, who recently retired from PNC Bank, and Nancy B. Johnson, recently retired director of the Brighton District Library. Additionally, the Randy Rudisill Business of the Year award was presented to First National Bank.

Learn more about the Livingston County United Way’s community impact work in its 2016 Annual Report now available online by clicking here.

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