Cazenovia resident honored by United Way

Cazenovia resident honored by United Way

Doug Reep of Cazenovia recently was honored by United Way of Central New York

as a finalist for the prestigious Campaign Volunteer of the Year Award. The award is given annually to one person who did the most outstanding job as chair of a United Way campaign at his or her workplace. Out of nearly 700 charitable-giving campaigns, only 18 Employee Campaign Coordinators were nominated as finalists for the award.

"I would like to personally congratulate Doug for this honor, and to thank him for his hard work on United Way's behalf," said Frank Lazarski, President of United Way of Central New York. "Employee Campaign Coordinators are our unsung heroes. They are integral to the success of the annual Community Campaign. Through their efforts, donors are informed of community needs and how they can help through their gifts."

Reep chairs the Lockheed Martin Employees Federated Fund charitable campaign at Lockheed Martin. With more than 2,300 employees and nearly 100 campaign meetings held during all shifts, the campaign is a tremendous measure in coordination and concentrated effort, with record donations again this year. Lockheed Martin continues to be one of the top 20 organizations in total giving to United Way in the community.

Reep and hundreds of other campaign coordinators were instrumental in helping United Way reach the $9,412,448 fundraising total announced in January. This current total is more than 97 percent of United Way's 2007 fundraising goal of $9.7 million. Donations will continue to be added to this total until the 2007 campaign officially ends in April.

United Way of Central New York is a non-profit serving Onondaga County that strives to help this community reach its full caring potential. Last year, United Way engaged with over 41,000 donors and more than 600 businesses to improve the lives of vulnerable people in this community, strengthen the system of agency services, and create measurable improvements in the quality of life in our area.

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