Outgoing United Way Chief Professional Officer Jayn M. Graves made it clear Tuesday during the annual United Way Jefferson County campaign celebration luncheon at the Watertown Elks Lodge that donors make each campaign successful. But members of the community know she has been the key to the agencys overall success during the last 26 years.
Miss Graves received a standing ovation as she was introduced by 2012 Jefferson County campaign chairman Howard W. Ganter, and received flowers from United Way staff.
We need to be aware of ever-changing priorities Jayn does this well, he said.
Miss Graves, who will retire June 30, was moved by the recognition, but quickly shifted gears to ensure all attendees were mentioned, and award recipients honored.
The first set of awards were given by Tobi R. Darrah, director of the Jefferson and Lewis United Way campaigns.
Its very difficult to just give away a few awards to a few people, she said. The Untied Way wouldnt be successful without each and every one of you.
Community participation awards and recipients include:
■ Community Investment, Participation to Transitional Living Services of Northern New York.
■ Community Investment, Growth – to Samaritan Health Systems, which has 121 new donors.
■ Community Support, Financial Percentage Childrens Home of Jefferson County and LaFargeville Central School.
■ Community Support, Financial Samaritan Health Systems, which has an overall $6,270 increase.
Miss Graves said that while every participating agency received an award decades ago, the number of awards was significantly cut back until recent years when she added the Achievement in Fun awards.
We want informed donors, but how much fun is it to put your hand out, and ask for money, she said. We want to recognize employees who made the United Way campaign fun.
Those recipients included New York Air Brake and the Watertown Daily Times.
The Watertown Daily Times was also a recipient of the We Did It award, for having a company campaign increase. About two dozen other organizations received the same award, including, but not limited to Belleville Henderson Central School, Family Counseling Service of Northern New York, and the Watertown Family Y.
The United Way Macsherry Family Community Spirit Awards were also given to Watertown Savings Bank, Jane G. Gendron, Kathy Schieble, and Peter Ouderkirk.
Miss Graves also announced Tuesday that the 2013 Jefferson County campaign chairman will be David J. Zembiec, Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency deputy chief executive officer.