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United Way recognizes volunteers, hands out awards

Over two hundred attendees enjoyed the Livingston County United Way’s Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition on Tuesday morning at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center. The décor and program all incorporated a St. Patrick’s Day theme, and included a true Irish Jig presented by national champion dancer, Brenna Kilby from the Lakes Area School of Highland Dance from White Lake.

Outgoing 2014 president, Jane Sutterfield, led the meeting, recognized outgoing board members Dawn Boss, Kevin Brennan, Matt Frantti, and Janet Sifferman. A thorough report was provided on current committees and community initiatives by various involved volunteers, all indicative of how “Great Things Happen When We LIVE UNITED”. New board members for 2015 were approved and included Shirley Barton, Brian Jonckheere, Darlene McManus, David Morse, Teresa Plummer, Wayne Roedel and Susan Rosiek. New officers for 2015 will be elected at the board’s April meeting.

Brian Jonckheere, the 2014 outgoing campaign co-chairperson, provided a campaign overview with recognition given to the Top Ten partners, Campaign Champions, 100% Club and new partner businesses.

The Michigan Association of United Ways was on hand to present two local companies with special “Spirit of Michigan” recognition. Boss Engineering Inc. was a finalist for the state and DTE Energy was one of the overall winners of the award.

Several individuals and area youth were recognized for their outstanding service to the community and United Way. The 2014 award recipients included:

John Moraitis, a student at Hartland High School, was the recipient of the Young Person of Distinction Award. The Hartland High School Optimist Club was recognized as the Youth Organization of the Year.

The recipient of the Charles W. Itsell Volunteer of the Year was Kevin Brennan of Brennan Investment Services.  Two Donald Epley Lifetime Community Service awards were presented.  Co-recipients were Greg Clum, Bredernitz, Wagner & Co., P.C., and Sandie Cortez from First Impression Print & Marketing. Additionally, the Randy Rudisill Business of the Year award was presented to Chem-Trend in Howell.

The Livingston County United Way also kicked off a new initiative, “Great Things Happen When We LIVE UNITED,” which is a full compilation of newly branded logos, marketing pieces and items that local companies can use in their internal messaging. For more information about the new branding or materials, or to get involved, contact the Livingston County United Way at 810.494.3000 or visit

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