February 22, 2011
Friendship Retirement Community earned four awards from the United Way of Roanoke Valley for its innovative fund-raising campaign and employee involvement.
Friendship's 2010 United Way campaign raised $102,283 in contributions from employees, board members, residents and a corporate gift. A total of 395 employees contributed, up from 386 in 2009.
Friendship was recognized at United Way's annual awards luncheon with the following honors:
-Employee Campaign Manager Most Innovative Campaign Award - Ken Srpan, on behalf of Friendship Retirement Community, for the most creative campaign strategies.
-Keystone Award - Presented to organizations raising $100,000-$249,000.
-Campaign Achievement Award - Presented to campaigns with at least 50 percent participation and an increase over previous year's campaign total.
-Bronze Award - Presented to organizations with employee per-capita giving of $90-$179, or 25-49 cents a day.
"No other retirement community in our region, and perhaps even in the nation, plays such a key role on an annual basis," said Frank Rogan, president of the United Way of Roanoke Valley. "And it's truly a team effort - everyone gets involved, which makes it such a great place."
"We have tireless employees, led by Teresa Hosey and Shirley Hiner, who come in early mornings and work on the weekend to engage our employees about the importance of giving," Srpan said. "Over the years people see how important this is and we see an increase in the amount of giving. We are honored to be recognized by United Way of Roanoke Valley and we will continue to support their efforts."