United Way recognizes efforts of volunteer, businesses from Danville

March 26, 2004

Debbie Baker received the 2003 Andrew Sardone Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award at the recently-held Heart of Kentucky United Way Recognition Banquet.

Baker has been a United Way employee campaign coordinator at American Greetings for 10 years, and during that time contributions from the plant have grown for $56,000 to $71,000.

"Debbie spends countless hours planning campaigns, brainstorming new ways to involve (co-workers) and organizing special fundraisers," said United Way executive director Janie Pass. "She has been so successful in helping with her own company's campaign, other organizations have often asked her to help with theirs."

In addition to serving as an employee coordinator, Baker is a fund distribution volunteer and has served on the Day of Caring committee since its inception.


Baker is involved in other volunteer efforts, including work at the Wilderness Trace Child Development Center and the Salvation Army. She is a deacon and youth leader at her church.

Other awards given at the banquet were:

* Employee Achievement Awards to Kerbaugh and Rodes certified public accountants for a 209 percent increase in donations from 2002 to 2003 and to Dana Sealing Products Division for a 60 percent increase.

* Corporate Achievement Award to Hobart Corporation for a 65 percent increase in donations.

* Employee Potential Award to Symbiotix for donations that were 212 percent of the potential.

* Largest Average Gift to Kerbaugh and Rodes for an average gift of $348.09.

* Largest Employee Gift to Symbiotix for a single gift of $325.40.

* Largest Employee Gift Per Capita to Farmers National Bank for per capita giving of $280.53.

* Largest Employee Gift to Ephraim McDowell Health for a total gift of $96,127.02.

* Largest Corporate and Employee Gift to R.R. Donnelley and Sons for giving that totaled $114,755.

* Outstanding Community Service to WHIR and WRNZ; Melanie White of Kentucky Utilities; and Libby Suttles of Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

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