United Way opens nominations for Gold Key and DeHoff Awards – deadline January 25, 2019

(Canton, OH) December 18, 2018 – Nominations are being accepted for the United Way of Greater Stark County (UWGSC) Gold Key Service Award and DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist Award. Deadline for submissions is Friday, January 25, 2019 at noon.

Gold Key Service Award: For 57 years, UWGSC has recognized community leaders and volunteers for the impact they have in the local community. The Gold Key Service Award recognizes individuals who have continually demonstrated the highest degree of personal dedication and service in a voluntary capacity. Rob Pierson, Deputy Director of Child Support at Stark County Job and Family Services, and Bob Fernandez, Special Projects Director at Stark County Family Court, were presented awards this past year.

DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist Award: Since 2010, United Way’s DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist Award recognizes a Stark County resident, age 45 and under, who impacts Stark County through direct service and volunteer work. The recipient of the DeHoff award receives $5,000 to be donated to a health and human services 501(c)(3) organization of the award recipient’s choice. The DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist of Stark County Award honors two of UWGSC’s most dedicated campaign volunteers, Bob and Linda DeHoff, who have been involved in numerous fundraising initiatives benefiting the residents of Greater Stark County. The couple has received The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Outstanding Philanthropist Award. Cyrus Harper, CEO of A Wise Way, was presented the award this past year.

“These awards are an ideal way to recognize a local citizen with a sincere commitment to social consciousness. They provide a yearly opportunity to honor altruistic volunteers who give generously of their time,” says United Way of Greater Stark County’s President & CEO Maria Heege. “We encourage everyone to nominate a friend, co-worker or family member who deserves recognition for their contribution to our community.”

Awards will be presented on March 28th during UWGSC’s Annual Celebration at Kent State University at Stark Conference Center. Nominate a candidate online at www.uwstark.org/get-involved/volunteer/service-awards

About United Way of Greater Stark County
United Way of Greater Stark County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. We win by living United. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to join the fight against their community’s most daunting social crisis. Our mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities in Greater Stark County. In order to live better, we must live United. For more information about United Way of Greater Stark County visit www.uwstark.org. Offices are at 401 Market Avenue North, Suite 300, Canton, Ohio 44702. (330) 491-0445.