Mike Tuttle, President and CEO of Merchant’s Bank, and the 2008 Community Campaign Chair, announced the official results of the campaign at the Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration, May 6th. The campaign raised $4 million. In his remarks to the crowd of over 375 people, Tuttle said, “In spite of an incredibly difficult time economically for so many people, those who were able, gave a little more, and people just seemed to want to help in any way they could. We are thrilled with the outcome and amazed at the goodwill of so many people. We are very fortunate to have hundreds of generous contributors who willingly donate their time, their talent, and their money to make life better for everyone in Chittenden County.”The “Top Ten” combined campaigns (total of employee and corporate/organizational gift) were also announced, with a new company joining the ranks this year — NRG Systems. The “Top Ten” collectively raised over $1.7 million in the 2008 Campaign.IBM CorporationFletcher Allen Health CareDwight Asset Management CompanyUniversity of VermontGeneral Dynamics Armament & Technical ProductsGreen Mountain Power CorporationMerchants BankGE Healthcare IITS USA CorporationHickok & Boardman CompaniesNRG SystemsDINSE KNAPP McANDREW, ENGELBERTH CONSTRUCTION and GREEN MOUNTAIN POWER AWARDED TOP CAMPAIGN HONORSBill Schubart, prominent local business leader, and former owner and CEO of Resolution Inc., emceed the Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration last week and presented the three major Community Campaign awards. The top honor, Campaign of the Year, was awarded to Dinse Knapp McAndrew. Gretchen Morse, Executive Director of United Way, praised the work of the law firm during the selection process. “Our friends at Dinse Knapp McAndrew always raise the bar on their fundraising efforts, but additionally they serve on boards, are community leaders, volunteer with many local nonprofits and help shape local policy. We are so thankful for support from such a wonderful organization. They truly LIVE UNITED throughout the year.”The Keyperson of the Year Award was presented to a workplace campaign committee: Jan Ferro, Todd LaMothe, Penny Collins & Jeff Brosseau of Green Mountain Power. The four were lauded for their spirited leadership which inspired their co-workers to get involved and to “give back.” The LIVE UNITED Award was made to a company whose industry was strongly impacted by the downturn in the economy, Engelberth Construction. In spite of that, the folks at Engelberth were praised for their unwavering commitment to the community by giving, advocating and volunteering throughout the year. Mike Tuttle and John Cronin present the framed Live United tee shirt to Engelberth Construction. Commenting about the award recipients, Bill Schubart said, “United Way is the organizing principle of our Chittenden County community. It observes, measures, and invests in our community to ensure the wellbeing of us all….It is my pleasure to help sing the praises of all the volunteers, organizations and donors who give, advocate or volunteer with United Way. I congratulate all three companies for their exemplary work for all of us.”NEW UNITED WAY BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED, 2009 COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN AND STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS NAMEDAt United Way’s recent Annual Meeting, board members and officers were elected. President of the Board for a three-year term is Don Rendall of Green Mountain Power. Vice President is Theresa Alberghini DiPalma of Fletcher Allen Health Care; Secretary is Robert Cain from Paul, Frank + Collins; and Treasurer is Susan Pelkey Smith of Gallagher Flynn and Company. For a complete list of board members and standing committee chairs.