Nominations Open for United Way’s 2020 Service Awards

(Canton, OH) December 18, 2019 – Nominations are being accepted for the following United Way of Greater Stark County awards: Gold Key Service, DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist and Inspired Youth. Deadline for submissions is Friday, January 24, 2020 at noon.

United Way is proud to recognize residents who demonstrate the highest level of dedication and service to the community.

Gold Key Service Award: Since 1961, United Way’s Gold Key Service Awards have recognized community leaders and volunteers for their positive impact via work through United Way partner programs or through the established United Way Bold Goals areas of health, education and financial stability. These individuals have continually demonstrated the highest degree of personal dedication and service in a voluntary capacity. Awards winners from last year included Joseph J. Feltes of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC; Patricia Wackerly of PNC and Christopher Remark of Aultman Health Foundation.

DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist Award: Since 2010, United Way’s DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist Award recognizes a Stark County resident, age 45 and under, who takes personal action to positively impact 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 award honors two of United Way’s most dedicated campaign volunteers, Bob and Linda DeHoff, who have been involved in numerous fundraising initiatives benefitting Stark County residents. The couple has received a Gold Key Service Award and The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Outstanding Philanthropist Award. Angela Palomba of The First Tee of Canton was presented the award this past year.

Inspired Youth Award: United Way’s Inspired Youth Award recognizes one outstanding young leader from Stark County who demonstrates outstanding volunteer leadership in their school, community or group and is between the ages of 13-18 years old. Criteria for the award include: demonstrates initiative, leadership and creativity in their service to others; serves as a role model for others in their community; inspires others to join them in their effort; helps improve the overall quality of life of fellow citizens and the community in the areas of health, education or financial stability. The nominee must have been engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least partly during the 12 months prior to the date of nomination; be a resident of Greater Stark County; and between the ages of 13–18. Bradley Mull of Oakwood Middle School was presented the award this past year.

“These awards are an ideal way to recognize local citizens with sincere commitment to social consciousness. They are also an opportune time to express gratitude and respect for what each individual contributes to our community,” says United Way of Greater Stark County’s President & CEO Maria Heege. “The award winners set an example for all of us to follow by contributing at the highest level with a true and measurable impact. It is critical that we show them how much we appreciate their altruistic nature and the generous donation of their time. We encourage you to nominate a friend, co-worker or family member who inspires you and deserves recognition for their continuous, dedicated contributions of time. Let’s celebrate the innovators who positively shape our community!”

Individuals receiving a Gold Key or DeHoff award will be invited to attend United Way’s Annual Celebration at Kent State University at Stark Conference Center in March where the awards will be presented. Other awards that will be presented include workplace awards for organizations which won categories for running a United Way fundraising campaign. The winner of the Inspired Youth Award will be presented their award at school, before the end of their school year.

Learn more about each award and nominate a candidate online today at

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 Offices are at 401 Market Avenue North, Suite 300, Canton, Ohio 44702. (330) 491-0445.