United Way 2014 12014 United Way Executive Committee President John Perdue. (Photo Taylor Riley/SurfKY News reporter)MADISONVILLE, Ky. (3/25/14) – The United Way of the Coalfield works each year to support health and human services, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to be used to respond to community needs and promote the quality of life in Muhlenberg and Hopkins counties.

Tuesday, the United Way recognized several community leaders, employers and board members for their support at the 2014 Annual Awards Luncheon.

Bill Rudd presented the campaign overview saying the goal for 2013-2014 was to raise $500,000, and with two more campaigns left to go, United Way has raised close to $375,000.

This money goes to funding agencies helping the community such as The American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Salvation Army and nine more partners.

"We're heading in a positive direction," said Rudd.

John Perdue was recognized as the 2014 Executive Committee by past president Rufus Baker. Perdue spoke to the crowd saying that the community's contributions were what had helped the United Way reach so many in need this past year.

United Way 2014MNHHS Chorus (Photo Taylor Riley/SurfKY News reporter)

"Without you, our 12 agencies would not be able to do what we do," said Perdue.

Awards received at the ceremony include:

  • Most Improved Campaign: City of Madisonville
  • Small Business Campaign: Atmos Gas
  • 60+ Employee Campaign: General Electric
  • Most Spirited Campaign: Baptist Health

Special awards received at the ceremony include:

  • Commerce: Kentucky Utilities
  • Education: Madisonville Community College
  • Government: City of Madisonville
  • Health/Human Services: Baptist Health
  • Best Campaign in Industry: General Electric
  • Professional: Associated Engineers
  • Small Business: Brother's Bar-B-Que

Taylor Riley
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