Northwest Suburban United Way Holds Annual Community Celebration Lunch

Northwest Suburban United Way hosted its annual Community Celebration Lunch on June 17, 2010, honoring members of the philanthropic community who went above and beyond in the Northwest suburbs throughout the past year. “We are very grateful for all the support we’ve seen from our corporate and community partners and volunteers,” said Marcia McMahon, Chief Professional Officer of the Northwest Suburban United Way. “Their support has been greater than ever, which means a lot given the financial hardships we’ve all seen this year. We are so appreciative of all that they do for us and for our community.” United Way’s yearly campaigns raise millions of dollars for community investment funds, making it one of the largest non-governmental health and human services funder in the region. To honor those who contribute, Northwest Suburban United Way recognized its Top 5 corporate citizens, which included: Schwarz Supply Source, Wheels, Inc., ADP Dealer Services, Schawk! and Community Consolidated School District #21. Many other awards were recognized at the event, including United Way’s Volunteers of the Year Award. This year’s recipients were James Blue of Des Plaines and Andrea Auclair of Mount Prospect. Other awards included the Top Campaign Award, New Campaigns and LIVE UNITED Partner Award. “My involvement with Northwest Suburban United Way was a very meaningful experience that provided many opportunities for me to learn about my community and the areas of need within it,” said Andrea Auclair, winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award. “United Way also allowed me to experience the aspects of volunteering as well as personal advocacy, which I have been able to share at Saint Louis University.” Northwest Suburban United Way also gave its prestigious Heart of the Community Awards. This is presented to the company or organization that demonstrated their commitment to United Way’s mission. This award was presented by the Mayor in each community. The event also recognized individuals who were part of the Health and Wellness Investment Committee, the Campaign Cabinet and the Women’s Leadership Initiative. Both Bob Koren of Northwest Community Hospital and Kristen Murtos of Skokie Hospital spoke at the event. The Community Celebration Lunch took place on Thursday, June 17, at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Schaumburg, IL. For more information, please visit LiveUnitedChicago.org or contact Sarah Frick at (312) 906-2231. United Way of Metropolitan Chicago improves lives by mobilizing caring people to invest in the community where their resources are needed most.  Spanning 238 communities across five counties, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is the largest non-governmental funder of health and human service programs in the region.  Thousands of community volunteers are engaged with United Way to make a difference in their community and provide workable solutions to create healthier, safer communities.   For more information about the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, visit www.uw-mc.org Northwest Suburban United Way is part of the larger UWMC as well as an official charter member of United Way of America. The NWUW, located in Mount Prospect, IL, funds over 73 agencies in over 30 surrounding communities focusing on health, education and income services. For more information about the Northwest Suburban United Way, visit http://uwnorthwest.org/.