Community Fund thanks, honors donors

Utility Trailer was the recipient of the 2020 Philanthropist of the Year award from the Greene County Community Fund at the Fund’s awards luncheon on April 22. From left are Utility plant manager David Neighbors, plant superintendent John Oliver and plant employee relations manager Scott Maxwell who received the banner signifying the award. Utility donated $45,485 of the total of $149,463.08 raised during the 2020 fund drive, the most of any organization. Utility also received the Platinum and Gold awards for donations by its employees and the company itself, respectively.

The Greene County Community Fund raised almost $150,000 in donations during its last fund drive, and it said “Thank you” on behalf of its 13 member organizations to those donors who made a difference.

At a Thursday luncheon at the Paragould Community Center, Fund board president DaRae Roberts presented the 2020 Philanthropist of the Year award to Utility Trailer. Roberts noted Utility’s 650 employees had donated $26,256 to the fund while the company itself donated another $19,229, for a total of $45,485.

The donation is nearly a third of the $149,463.08 raised all together for the fund. Utility’s employee donations also qualified them for the Fund’s Platinum Membership award, presented to organizations that donate between $25,000 and $50,000.

The donation of the employees of Tenneco Automotive, as well as the corporate donation of Utility, qualified both for the Gold Membership award. The award goes to those groups who donate between $15,000 and $25,000 to the Community Fund.

Other awards, as indicated, went to the following groups for their donations:

Silver Leadership award ($10,000 to $15,000) went to American Railcar Industries, Greene County Tech School District employees, and First National Bank corporation and employees.

Bronze Leadership award ($5,000 to $10,000) went to Hays Food Town corporation and employees, First National Bank employees, Paragould School District employees, Paragould Light, Water and Cable employees, and First National Bank employees.

The Advocates of Community Service award ($2,500 to $5,000) went to the employees of Arkansas Methodist Medical Center (AMMC), the employees of Hays Food Town East, those of Hays Food Town West, the employees of KNL Peerless, and Martin Sprocket and Gear for its corporate donation.

The Community Leader award, for donations between $2,500 and $5,000 went to:

Allen Engineering

AMMC Doctors Medical Library

Centennial Bank

Craighead Co-op Cares

BancorpSouth employees

General Cable/Prestolite employees

General Cable/Prestolite Corporation

Marmaduke School District employees

Simmons Bank employees

Glen Sain Motors

Hays Food Town Corporation

Heath Funeral Home

James and Susan Brittingham

Loyd and Beck McCracken

Robert B. “Bob” Branch, Sr.

Numerous other individuals, groups and companies also received recognition for monetary and in-kind donations, as well as volunteer service. “Words cannot express our thanks,” said Roberts at the conclusion of the luncheon. “You have really helped us,” added Fund executive director Lauria Baker.

The Greene County Community Fund provides funds to the following not-for-profit organizations:

Focus, Inc.

The Court-Appointed Special Advocates

The Greene County Rescue Squad

Greene County 4-H

The Greene County Fine Arts Council

The Child Abuse Task Force

The Greene County Historical And Genealogical Society

The Henry Wrinkles Foundation

Agapé House

The Senior BEES

Pilots for Christ

Sight Conservation

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greene County

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