Four individuals, one company, one community partner and organizations and businesses throughout the community were recognized at the United Way of Weld County’s Third Annual Mad Hatter’s Celebration on March 17 at DoubleTree by Hilton Greeley at Lincoln Park.
UWWC honored Kathy O’Neil (Live United Award), Sara Seely (volunteer of the year), Betsy Sullivan and Tatum Webb (community impact professionals of the year), Buell Foundation (community partner of the year) and Wells Fargo (company of the year).
O’Neil has been a leader in early childhood education for decades, and was the director of Aims Community College Child Development Center. She retired in 2007, but still teaches part-time in early childhood education at Aims and the University of Northern Colorado. A former board member at UWWC, O’Neil also has served on United Way’s Community Impact Council making tough decisions on grant awards.
UWWC also recognized 16 Centennial Circle Award Companies, UWWC’s highest honor to organizations for their outstanding employee participation and generosity; 14 Division Award Winners, the leaders in campaign divisions who are recognized with an award of excellence for their division, and 18 Pacesetter Companies, who set the pace in the first two months of the community campaign.
Sponsors for the event were Extraction Oil & Gas, Caldera Event Group, Anadarko, Aims Community College, FMS Bank, Noble Energy, MinuteMan Press, Guaranty Bank & Trust and John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. A total of 192 local businesses and donors contributed items to the silent auction and event, which also included cocktails, dinner and the sounds of Chris Daniels and the Kings.