1st Annual Donor Recognition Luncheon

Souris Valley United Way Announces Campaign Results 
Souris Valley United Way celebrated a record-breaking campaign year at the First Annual Donor Recognition Event Luncheon held Wednesday, February 4th at the Grand Hotel.
Area businesses and donors gathered to celebrate the official end of the 2014 campaign cycle.  Campaign pledges reached a record breaking $712,382 an increase of 20% from the prior year.
Kathy Aas, 2014 Campaign Chair, awarded Scheels the Community Champion award for their combined corporate and employee donation of $126,000.  Top 10 Business Leadership includes:
Enbridge Pipelines, SRT Communications, Cognizant Service Center, Minot Public Schools, Xcel Energy, Ryan Family Dealership, First Western Bank & Trust, First International Bank & Trust, Hess Corporation.
Other awards included 35 businesses that Leveled-Up from the prior campaign, and 22 businesses recognized as first time Leadership Donors.  
Outgoing Campaign Chair, Aas thanked the community for their continued support and generous contributions, “I believe it takes all of us to make our community a better place to Live, Work and Play.”
Executive Director Patricia Smith thanked all individuals for their generous donations, “your contributions are important and every effort is made to fund programs that make an impact.”  Smith thanked two anonymous supporters who received the Tocqueville award for donations of $10,000 each.  Also, recognized for significant contributions to the SVUW Endowment Fund are John and Leslie Coughlin and Tim and Allison Vallely /Vallely Sport & Marine. 
Outgoing SVUW President Megan Grundstrom, “I want to thank all the past and present board members for their time and commitment.  You worked hard this year to renew our mission statement and determine the impactful needs of the community.”  Grundstrom recognized outgoing Board members Elly DesLauriers, David Frantsvog, Kelly Hayhurst, Laura Mihalick, and Jarid Lundeen.
Kevin Harmon, incoming 2015-16 Board President, introduced Tim and Laura Mihalick as the 2015 Campaign Chairs.  Harmon announced the 2015 goal as $1 million, “Our aim is to help more people, in more ways, and in more places.   Demands continue to rise on area programs. In order to make a difference SVUW, must help meet the needs of the community and our Souris Valley region.”
Souris Valley currently funds 28 local programs.  New grant applications will be accepted until March 17.
First Lady Betsy Dalyrmple delivered a message on one of her favorite causes, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  SVUW has been the area sponsor for DPIL since 2012 and currently has 1,100 children between the ages of 0-5 receiving a free book every month.
We mobilize people, organizations and resources in an impactful effort to advance Education, Financial Stability and Health while addressing basic human needs.
For more information visit www.svunitedway.com call 701.839.2994.
News Release
Release: February 4, 2015
February 04, 2015
For more information contact:
Patricia Smith, Souris Valley United Way
701.839.2994   svuw@srt.com