United Way honors volunteers

May 26 2011 - 8:13pm

OGDEN -- When the United Way of Northern Utah's Angel Tree was in trouble, Kim and Nicole Cassity came to the rescue.

The annual toy drive operates by having volunteers take an information tag about a needy child off the tree and buy that child gifts. The program was going well for its youngest recipients last December, but "a few days before Christmas, few people (had taken) teenagers," and some younger children still remained, said United Way President and CEO Robert Hunter.

That's when the Cassitys donated enough for every remaining child to receive a gift, he said.

"We are using them as an example of how quickly this community responds to those in need," he said.

They were two of the 13 United Way volunteers, staff and companies that the charity coalition honored at its annual award ceremony May 18.

The 2011 Bravo Awards recognized Valley Elementary School educators who helped students raise $12,000 during the past school year for learning centers, United Way and needy families; Kimberly-Clark, a company that donated $350,000 to United Way last year; and Jimmie Rivera, a volunteer who was always around when United Way needed a job done.

Everyone that night was "so inspiring," said Sister Stephanie Mongeon, who used to chair the United Way board.

The ATK Conference Center provided space and food to United Way free of charge for the night. The center, which was exclusively for ATK events until earlier this year, now offers reservations to the public for meetings and special events.

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