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United Way dinner honors contributors

United Way of Nevada County held its annual awards dinner Tuesday to recognize businesses, organizations and individuals who made significant contributions to the annual campaign.

The county of Nevada had the largest single employee campaign, raising $30,500.

The CornerStone Award went to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for making a major contribution of time, facilities and funding to the campaign.



The Distinguished Service Award went to Dave Robinson for putting on a United Way donation-only oil change, lube and safety inspection event.

The Dee Ballentine Outstanding Citizen Award went to Jon Byerrum, Grass Valley superintendent of schools, who dedicated time to assisting the nonprofit community and worked to ensure that children entering school are ready to learn.




The Frances Quinlan Award went to Fred Lossman, a 20-year volunteer who is retiring from United Way.

Fifteen campaign leaders were recognized for their work to increase campaign contribution a minimum of 10 percent.

The Bronze Award for gathering $ 5.75 to $28.75 per capita went to 16 organizations. The Silver Award for getting $ 28.76 to $57.50 per capita went to 12 organizations. The Gold Award for obtaining $ 57.51 and above per capita was given to 18 organizations.

The Community Award for the most creative campaign approaches went to Grass Valley Group for a Halloween costume contest (Max Palmer, Christine Pierson and Rose Adel) and J.C. Penney for a customer barbecue (Russell Holcomb).

The Neighborhood Award for outstanding generosity from the business community went to B&C True Value Hardware.


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