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United Way of Northeast Louisiana Celebrates Most Successful Year

United Way leaders say, with the community's help in 2013, they raised over $3.7 million dollars. It's a 3.35 percent increase in giving over last year and the most funds raised in the last 10 years.
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MONROE -- The United Way of Northeast Louisiana has something big to celebrate.

United Way leaders say, with the community's help in 2013, they raised over $3.7 million dollars. It's a 3.35 percent increase in giving over last year and the most funds raised in the last 10 years.

A Celebrating Excellence luncheon was held at the Monroe Civic Center conference hall this afternoon. The luncheon awarded and honored the outstanding employee campaigns and individuals for their efforts and commitment to helping and improving the community.

"All of this money will be given back through our partner agencies, to aid people in need," said Billy Haddad, the 2013 Campaign Chair.

The United Way wants to thank the dozens of company sponsors and hundreds of volunteers who helped.

"People are investing in helping others in the community and i think this money is just a reflection of how much they care," said Janet Durden, president of the United Way of NELA.

The Cypress Award is the highest honor given to a local company and its employees by the United Way of Northeast Louisiana. The award is a striking photograph taken by Melvin Rambin that travels from company to company each year. 

This year's winner, Century Link, ran a campaign promoting year-round awareness of the United Way's impact in the community, and actively volunteering in United Way. Employees gave up 18 percent and the company matched their employees with 62 cents on the dollar corporate match.

The Outstanding Campaign Coordinator Award was presented to Phil Stansell and Travis Butler of Steel Fabricators of Monroe, LLC.

The LIVE UNITED Award was presented to Holyfield Construction.

Dozens of other companies and volunteers were recognized at the ceremony.

The United Way of Northeast Louisiana has several community projects and programs including Read.Learn.Succeed, Dollars & $ense Reality Fairs, and the After School & Summer Enrichment Programs.

For more information on the United Way of Northeast Louisiana, visit www.unitedwaynela.org.

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