Lake Area United Way recently presented its prestigious “Community Spirit” award to a pair of local companies for their outstanding support of the 2012 United Way community campaign.
This award recognizes organizations that use benchmark model practices in their workplace giving efforts resulting in increased contributions over the previous year.
Recipients include the management and staff of Pepsi Beverages Co., Munster, and Kiemle-Hankins Co., Northwest Indiana Division, Crown Point.
Lake Area United Way Chief Operating Officer Jeremy Miller was on hand to present the award to Pepsi’s Business Development Manager, Winston Wright, and the staff at the Munster facility.
“Pepsi is an outstanding partner to Lake Area United Way. Their ongoing support makes lasting impact in our communities,” Miller said. “The contribution from Pepsi increased over 40 percent compared to last year’s campaign.
“It is obvious that management and employees understand the importance of giving back to the communities in which they live, work and raise their families.”
In accepting the award, Wright said, “Here at Pepsi, we believe in helping to make meaningful change in the lives of others. Our goals include regularly volunteering our time, skills, resources and creative insights to help those in need.”
Likewise, said TJ Holsen, director of Resource Development for Lake Area United Way, "Kiemle-Hankins has a proud tradition of supporting United Way and the communities it serves. We thank them for their generosity.
“The contribution from Kiemle-Hankins increased 130 percent over the prior year’s campaign. Extremely impressive! The management and employees understand the impact their donations make and know their participation is creating lasting change right here in Lake County,” Holsen added.
Kevin Napierala, Kiemle-Hankins’ Division Manager for Northwest Indiana, received the award at the Crown Point facility. “We are pleased to be in a position to increase our level of support to Lake Area United Way and its member agencies. It is another way for us to support the community in which we all live, work and raise our children,” Napierala said.