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United Way raises total of $551,485

Published 12:49pm Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Lake Martin Area United Way wrapped up its 2012 campaign Thursday with a celebration at Aliant Bank.

Campaign director Tommy Spraggins announced that the 2012 campaign raised a total of $551,485, which exceeds the campaign’s goal of raising $525,000.

“’Be the difference for many’ was the theme of our campaign this year,” Spraggins said. “…A lot of people stepped up and they were that one person who helped and made somebody’s life different. I want to thank you for your generosity and your compassion and being the difference for so many people in our community.”

Awards were presented to small business solicitors, who together raised a combined total of $12,627, and Russell Brands, Russell Lands and Russell Medical Center were all recognized with Top Business Contributor Awards.

The Highest Business Increase Award was awarded to Madix, Inc.

Two new awards were presented: the United Way Partner Award and the Leadership Partner Award. Receiving the United Way Partner Award were AAA General Contractors, Gary Ingram Grading and Paving, Lake Martin Home Health Alexander City, Lake Martin Home Health Dadeville and Uncle Nick’s Smokehouse. Receiving the Leadership Partner Award were Cecil’s Public House, Koon’s Korner Inc. and Steele Marketing.

Aliant Bank was recognized with the Community Pacesetter Award, and Campaign Performance Awards and Media Awards were also presented to a number of businesses that made contributions or helped spread the word about the campaign.

President Jim Peace presented the Tower of Leadership Ward to Dr. and Mrs. John James, and Executive Director Sharon Fuller recognized campaign spokesperson Christy Lee Clayton.

Peace presented the Campaign Director’s Award to Tommy Spraggins for his work this campaign season, while Immediate Past President Diane Lemmond presented the President’s Award to Peace.

Peace also recognized the full board members, including new Class of 2012 member Sheriff Jimmy Abbett and new Class of 2014 members Sandra Fuller, Judge Terry Mitchell, Emily Bobinson and Dennis Sanford. He also recognized the executive committee, including incoming secretary/treasurer Randy Haynes.

“The campaign this year was exciting,” Peace said. “We got a lot of people involved and tonight’s program was really all about giving back a little bit and recognizing all the people who have worked so hard to make this campaign such a success.”