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United Way of Southwest Virginia Impact Awards attracts record crowd

May 17, 2022

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Scott Robertson, Director of Marketing and Communications

United Way of Southwest Virginia

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cutline: Dr. Karen Shelton accepts the Woman of Distinction Award at the United Way of Southwest Virginia Impact Awards.

Photo by Earl Neikirk, courtesy United Way of Southwest Virginia

United Way of Southwest Virginia Impact Awards attracts record crowd

Abingdon, VA (May 17, 2022) – For the first time since 2019, the United Way of Southwest Virginia Impact Awards were held live and in-person Tuesday, honoring outstanding individuals and organizations serving their communities in the fields of childhood success, youth success and community resilience. The ceremony, held at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, drew a record crowd of more than 250 community leaders representing communities from Lee County to the New River Valley.

Dr. Karen Shelton was honored with the Woman of Distinction Award. Shelton directed the Mount Rogers, Cumberland Plateau, and Lenowisco Health Districts during the COVID pandemic, leading those districts to have the fastest roll-outs of COVID testing and vaccinations in Virginia.

American Electric Power was honored as Community Partner of the Year. Food City was honored as Top Giver.

Other honorees included:

  • Elite Partners: Food City, Ballad Health, Universal Fibers, Utility Trailer: Atkins and Utility Trailer: Glade Spring
  • Media Partners: Bristol Herald Courier, Business Journal of Tri-Cities TN/VA, Cardinal News, 93.9 WMEV and 101.1 WUKZ, WCYB, WEHC, WJHL, WSLS
  • Top Fundraiser for Celebrity Bagging: Farris Funeral Service, Inc.
  • Partner of the Year – Early Education: Kristi Snyder
  • Partner of the Year – Resilience: Damascus Middle School
  • Partner of the Year – Youth: Wythe County Public Schools
  • Recognition of Service: Dr. Michael Robinson
  • Unsung Heroes: Dr. Tamarah Holmes, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, Knox Creek Volunteer Fire Department

“It was wonderful to be able to hold this event in-person so we could express our gratitude face-to-face to people who have gone above and beyond to make everything we do possible,” said United Way of Southwest Virginia President and CEO Travis Staton. “The circumstances of the last couple of years that had kept us from hosting the Impact Awards as a live event in 2020 and 2021 also made the work of these individuals and organizations much more important and impactful to the people of Southwest Virginia.”

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ABOUT UNITED WAY OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia because they are the building blocks for a good quality of life. Through an initiative-based cradle-to-career approach, United Way of Southwest Virginia is creating sustainable solutions to address the challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce. United Way convenes cross-sector partners to make an impact on the most complex problems in our region. Through collaboration with government, business, nonprofit and individuals, United Way innovates for positive, lasting social change. With a footprint that covers nearly 20% of the state of Virginia, United Way of Southwest Virginia programs and initiatives serve the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe, and the cities of Bristol, Galax, Norton, and Radford.

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