United Way Event Celebrates Community Generosity

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- More than 100 people rallied Friday morning to celebrate a year of community generosity. The United Way annual celebration breakfast kicked off at 8 a.m., at the Gage Shelter House.

The event honored the outstanding work of volunteers, donors, and advocates who championed United Way’s mission to create positive, sustainable change in our community.

“It is inspiring to see the generosity of our community,” said Carol Wheeler, 2012 volunteer campaign chair. “United Way would not be able to reach its goals without the hard work of these individuals.”

The event paid tribute to literally hundreds of volunteers who helped throughout the year in making a difference for the common good. Acknowledgements were extended to those who dedicated time and
talent to Basic Needs, Harveyville disaster relief, Christmas Bureau, along with Community Impact initiatives that consist of: School Readiness, On-grade Achievement, Financial Stability, Eat, Move, Live
and Substance Abuse.

“We are so excited to share the impact United Way volunteers have had on our community,” said Krehbiel. “With their help, United Way is working to help our kids start school ready to learn and graduate on time, give families tools to become more financially stable and everyone live healthier.”

Speakers for the event included Miriam Krehbiel, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Topeka; Carol Wheeler of Stormont-Vail HealthCare and 2012 campaign chair; Dr. Robert Moser, secretary of
the Kansas Department of Health and Environment; and Nick Kramer, community impact volunteer.