Campaign 2016 Awards
 
 
Spirit of Giving Award – Indiana Michigan Power & IBEW 1392
 
I&M Receives the 2016 Spirit of Giving AwardThe Spirit of Giving Award recognizes a company that achieves advances in their workplace campaign as well as has outstanding volunteer leadership and participation in the community. 
 
Indiana Michigan Power & IBEW 1392 utilized many campaign best practices during their workplace campaign to increase their participation and giving in several categories.  Additionally, they volunteer with United Way of Allen County in the following capacities: Day of Caring, Investment Teams and serving on the United Way Board of Directors.  
 
 
Outstanding Large Organization – Meijer Stores
 
The criteria for winning an Outstanding Large Organization Award includes achieving two out of four increases in their workplace campaign and utilizing at least five out of ten best practices.
 
Meijer Stores for the second year in a row has won this award.  All three stores rank in the top ten of the company in dollars pledged.  They had three out of four categories increase in their workplace campaign and utilized eight out of ten best practices.  Meijer’s also supports United Way Day of Caring and a Meijer Store Manager serves year-round on the Campaign Cabinet as the Chair for the Retail Division. 
 
 
Outstanding Medium Organization – Franklin Electric
 
The criteria for winning an Outstanding Medium Organization Award includes achieving two out of four increases in their workplace campaign and utilizing at least five out of ten best practices.
 
Franklin Electric has had a long-standing relationship with United Way, both in Allen County since moving their corporate office to Fort Wayne and in Wells County where they established their business in 1944.  
 
Excellent leadership of the Franklin Electric Workplace Campaign begins with the support of Gregg Sengstack, Franklin Electric’s CEO and his executive team.   They allow the campaign committee the freedom to think creatively and implement the best practices of a United Way Workplace Campaign.  In their last campaign, Franklin Electric achieved three out of four category increases and utilized eight out of ten best practices.  Through many special events, the Franklin Electric Team keeps the fun in fundraising.  
 
 
Outstanding Small Organization – WPTA Television, Inc.
 
The criteria for winning an Outstanding Small Organization Award includes achieving two out of four increases in their workplace campaign and utilizing at least five out of ten best practices.
 
Under new leadership with Merry Ewing, General Manager WPTA embarked on a United Way Campaign this year never thinking they would win the award for Outstanding Small Organization.  Thanks to achieving three out of four category increases and utilizing six out of ten best practices they increased their campaign.  Additionally, Merry volunteers as an Ambassador with United Way Allen County.
 
 
Outstanding Partner Agency Award – The League
 
The criteria for winning an Outstanding Agency Partner Award includes achieving two out of four increases in their workplace campaign and utilizing at least five out of ten best practices.
 

The League kicked off their United Way Workplace Campaign this year with a chili cook-off.  The event was a fun time for everyone, including United Way Staff who were invited to speak to the staff of The League about the services provided by United Way of Allen County.  Their campaign achieved three out of four category increases and utilized seven out of ten best practices.   David Nelson, President & CEO even participated as a judge for the chili cook-off!

 
 

2016 Volunteer of the Year – Steven Sykes

Steven Sykes has been employed at Regal Beloit for over 20 years where he is currently a Senior Project Manager.  He started volunteering for the United Way in 1994 after completing the Leadership Development Program sponsored by the United Way of Greater Cleveland.  While living in Cleveland, Steve served on several Fund Distribution Panels for eight (8) years.  After relocating to Fort Wayne in 2003, Steve resumed volunteering with the United Way of Allen County and has been a part of the investment process for the past ten (10) years.  He currently serves as the Team Leader for the Early Childhood Investment Team. Steve also served as a workplace ambassador during Regal’s 2015 employee campaign.

Steve has been married to his wife, Fanchon, for 25 years.   They are the parents of three daughters, Jessica (18) who will be attending IU this fall; Jacinda (16) who will be a junior at Homestead High School and Jasmine (13) who will start 8h grade at Woodside Middle School.