United Way Surpasses 2016 Fundraising Goal!

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Scott J. Marn Announced United Way of Lake County Surpassed Hefty Goal at Today’s 2016 Community Campaign Close

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Mentor, OH (April 27, 2017) United Way of Lake County’s (UWLC) 2016 Campaign Chair, Scott J. Marn, CFP®, AAMS®, Vice President – Investments, of Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., and Mentor City Councilman, closed the 2016 campaign at today’s annual meeting luncheon.


Marn announced that UWLC raised $2,525,346 exceeding their $2,525,000 goal.


“This is a great win for our community,” said UWLC President & CEO Jennifer McCarty. “This is a 10% increase over the funds UWLC raised last year.”


McCarty joined UWLC in January of 2016 after five years at United Way of Greater Knoxville as Vice President of Marketing. According to Tami Lewis, Director of Marketing and Communications for UWLC, “Jennifer committed to a challenging 10% increase and was very focused on hitting this. It’s not just a great win for the community, it also further boosts the board’s confidence in their hiring decision,” she said.  


“Jennifer is a dynamic force. She brought a lot of knowledge with her and immediately began to work on a plan that would allow UWLC to achieve growth for the first in many years,” said Lewis.


According to McCarty, “I couldn’t be more grateful to Scott for the countless hours he’s volunteered to raise funds and advocate on our behalf. He is high energy and came with a lot of great ideas that he executed on. We absolutely could not have realized this success without him.”


Marn said, “I’ve been honored to serve my community in this role and have been overwhelmed by the impact that can be made when Lake County’s businesses, organizations, agencies and residents join together for the greater good. The need in Lake County is great. It’s been a real eye-opener, and I plan to continue my support of United Way of Lake County and urge others to join me. There’s no better feeling than helping people in need and taking care of our own.”


Over two hundred and fifty people turned out for the luncheon at LAMALFA in Mentor where Chairman of the Board, Gabe Rhoads of The Lubrizol Corporation, passed the gavel to his successor Robert Lee of Lincoln Electric.


Event highlights included:


Remembrance of Bill Horvath and Tom Ruffner, two former board members who passed last year.


Recognition of outgoing board members:

·         Tom Benda, Retired, The Lubrizol Corporation

·         Brent Buckley, Attorney and Managing Partner of the Law Firm
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·         Joe Passafiume, General Manager, Giant Eagle

·         Ray Somich, President, Spirit Media and WINT Radio

·         Dave Wiles, President, CT Consultants


Announcement of new board members:


o   Daphne Hunter, The Lubrizol Corporation

o   Jeremy Iosue, Harvey Abens Iosue Co., LPA

o   Amy Olbrysh, Component Repair Technologies

o   Kathy Peterson, Avery Dennison

o   John Shepard, Painesville City Schools


Announcement and presentation of UWLC’s Gus Gehring award for excellence in volunteerism and leadership to 2016 Campaign Chair, Scott J. Marn.

Announcement and presentation of UWLC’s Matt Logies award for excellence in volunteerism and leadership to Morris Beverage III, President of M.W. Beverage Group of Lighthouse Advisors.


Announcement and presentation of Woman Leader of the Year award to Ali Hughes of Polychem Corporation.


Announcement and presentation of Young Leader of the Year award to Tom Brew of ERC Health, a Division of Oswald Companies.


Announcement and presentation of Power of One award to Morris Beverage III, President of M.W. Beverage Group of Lighthouse Advisors.

Recognition and thirty yar service award  to Gayle Sikula, Dirctor of Special Projects, United Way of Lake County.

The luncheon also included recognition of the companies, organizations and individuals who have supported UWLC in their fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Lake County.


The Lubrizol Corporation and Lake Health, both long-time supporters of UWLC, sponsored the annual meeting. Lubrizol took home many awards for the large contribution they made.


About United Way of Lake County

We help people.

United Way of Lake County works to measurably improve the quality of people’s lives in Lake County. We do this by focusing on education, income and health; we believe these to be the building blocks of a good life. Giving to United Way is the best way to help the most people. Learn more about us by visiting www.uwlc.org.


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