Citizens Bank Garners Awards at 2015 United Way Reception

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BATESVILLE – July 23, 2015 – Citizens Bank was named Industry of the Year and Leader of the Year, and also received a Pinnacle Award as United Way of North Central Arkansas hosted its annual awards reception on Thursday, July 23, at Lyon College.

United Way celebrated those in our community that choose to give back.  United Way’s mantra is GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. LIVE UNITED., and the group of individuals that were honored do just that.

United Way launched its annual campaign in August of 2014 and concluded the campaign at the end of June of 2015.  Through corporate giving, workplace campaigns, pillar pledges, individual giving and support of our United Way initiatives, United Way of North Central Arkansas raised $313,417.62 to support our community.

Executive Director Allison Phelps said at the event, “Thanks to the people in this room and countless others, the money we raised allowed over 25,000 individuals to receive direct services and our impact reach is over 230,000 impressions.  We are so thankful for the hard work, dedication and generosity of those who support our mission and goal.”

Personal leadership giving, The United Way Pillar’s Club, reached a campaign record high with 116 individuals pledging more than $500 annually, including several Citizens Bank employees.  Pillar’s Club members included:

  • 82 Bronze Pledges ($500 to $999 annually)
  • 22 Silver Pledges ($1,000 - $1,4999)
  • 6 Gold Pledges ($1,500 - $1,999)
  • 4 Platinum Pledges ($2,000 - $9,999)
  • 1 Tocqueville Society Member ($10,000 or more)

Award recipients were:

  • Award of Excellence: Emma Lou Hedden (Batesville Help & Hope)
  • Spirit Award: Linda Cooper (FutureFuel Chemical Company)
  • Guardian Angel Award: Brenda Henley
  • Community Service Award: Independence County 4H
  • Pinnacle Awards: Carter Ford State Farm; Centennial Bank; Citizens Bank; Independence County Senior Citizens Center; Kenny Allen State Farm
  • Industry of the Year: Citizens Bank
  • Leader of the Year Award: Phil Baldwin

The United Way Board of Directors would like to extend a bold “Thank You” to each person who had a part in making the 2014-2015 campaign a success. Because of the hard work and generosity of donors and volunteers, United Way was able to renew all of the Community Partners for 2015 and add two new partnerships for 2016.

The 2016 Funded Partners are:  American Red Cross; Batesville Help & Hope, Inc.; CASA of the 16th Judicial District; Childcare Aware of North Central Arkansas; The Community School, Inc.; Diamond Girl Scouts; Family Violence Prevention, Inc.; Independence County 4H; Independence County Senior Citizens Center; Legal Aid of Arkansas; NADC Senior Citizens Program (Izard, Sharp and Stone Counties); Ozark Foothills Literacy Project; Quapaw Area Boy Scouts; United Way Emergency Assistance; United Way Success by 6

United Way of North Central Arkansas is able to award funding to these agencies each year based off of the success of its campaign. The United Way campaign year will begin once again in September in support of our community and the partner agencies listed above. If you would like more information about becoming a donor, volunteer or partner agency, please contact the United Way office at (870) 793-5991 or by email at sends e-mail).   

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