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Volunteers Honored at Lubbock Area United Way Annual Meeting

January 30, 2018 | Press Release

More than 450 volunteers and supporters gathered today at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center for Lubbock Area United Way’s Annual Meeting.  

Douglas and Kay Sanford were honored with the Rita Harmon Volunteer Service Award.  The award has been presented each year since 1993 to honor deserving individuals for a lifetime of community service. The Sanfords have served Lubbock in many different roles during their careers. Both have served on the United Way Board of Directors, with Douglas chairing the board in 2010 and chairing the Annual Campaign in 2015. Kay has served The CH Foundation as Trustee, Secretary, and Executive Director, overseeing disbursements in excess of $132 million to support local area non-profits.

Lubbock Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Shaun Fogerson was recognized as the Campaign Volunteer of the Year. Fogerson served this year as a Loaned Executive and co-chair of the City of Lubbock employees’ campaign. Thanks to his efforts, contributions from Lubbock Fire Rescue employees quadrupled over the previous year.

The Agency Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Shawn Vinson in recognition of his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock (BBBS). Vinson serves on the BBBS board of directors and was recently matched with a Little Brother who was on the verge of aging out of the program at age 16 unless he was matched with a mentor.

Jon Stephens, 2017 Campaign Chair, announced that $6,126,888 was contributed to help support United Way’s 23 Community Partners that serve Lubbock and the surrounding area. This is the largest amount ever raised in the Annual Campaign.  

Other items on the annual meeting agenda included presentation of United Way’s 2017 year-end financial report, recognition of 2017 board members, and announcement of new board members: Jarrett Atkinson, Joy Daniel, Heather Newberry, Carla Olson, Becky Palmer, Jeanna Roach, and David Sanchez.

The 2017 Annual Report was released and is available online at liveunitedlubbock.org/research-reports or at the United Way Office.


Since 1946, Lubbock Area United Way has conducted annual fundraising campaigns to support local nonprofit agencies.  During that time more than $175 million has been contributed and used to support United Way’s mission of Giving • People • Hope.

Lubbock Area United Way’s 23 Community Partners work daily in the Lubbock area to assist people with needs such as affordable child care, crisis situations, character development, adult literacy, job training, and youth mentoring.  A complete list of the Community Partners and the services they provide can be found online at www.liveunitedlubbock.org/community-partner-agencies.  


Nicole Ashley Lee
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