Friday's 2012 United Way Appreciation and Awards Luncheon recognized those who played an integral role in the group's success the past year.
But more importantly, it gave those present the opportunity to celebrate the news that, after coming close the past several years to the goal of $112,000, this past campaign met that goal and exceeded it, finishing with $113,783.70.
Board President Adam Dean thanked all those who had a hand in making that happen and expressed his appreciation to the community for supporting the United Way's member agencies, who in turn, give back to the citizens of the community.
Following a performance by the Nevada High School Soundsational Singers directed by Wes Morton, certificates were awarded to the luncheon sponsors Bank of America, Empire District Gas Company, First National Bank, Great Southern Bank, Heritage State Bank, CPA Larry Bledsoe, and KNEM-KNMO Radio.
Media and Oktoberfest Awards followed to the radio station and the Nevada Daily Mail, and then to Great Southern Bank, US Bank, the City of Nevada, Vernon County Adult Recovery Court, Missouri Eagle LLC, and Cubbage Country Meat Market.
Challenge Program Coordinators certificates were presented to Angie Nichols, Oktoberfest Chili Cook-off chair and United Way treasurer; Betsy Curtis, committee member and board member; Ross Lawrence, committee member and board member; Carmen Williams, committee member and UW Board secretary; Corey Johnson, committee member and Oktoberfest emcee; David Heumader, co-chair of the fund drive, board vice president, and committee member; and Adam Dean, board president, fund drive co-chair, and committee member.
Special recognition plaques were given to:
* Largest overall contributor -- 3M Company
* 100 percent participation -- KCP&L
* Most Improved -- City of Nevada
Plaques for highest per capita were given to:
* 3-24 employees -- Empire District Gas Company
* 100 plus employees -- 3M Company
Agencies funded by United Way include A.C.H.E. Dental - the Smile Clinic, Alternative Opportunities Inc., American Red Cross Southern Missouri region Nevada office, Children's Center Nevada, Children's Mercy Hospital, Community Outreach, Council on Families in Crisis (Moss House), D.A.R.E., Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Nevada Youth Recreational Baseball, On My Own Inc., Ozark Trails Council Boy Scouts of America, Special Olympics of Missouri Southwest area, The Neighbors Center, University of Missouri Extension Vernon County, Vernon County Adult Recovery Court, Vernon County Child Advocacy Council, Vernon County Ministerial Alliance Emergency Relief Fund, Vernon County People for Pets Inc., and the Vernon County Senior Center.