2019 Steps to Success Award Winners

United Way’s 2019 Steps to Success Awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, June 11. This event celebrated a year of success and impact and recognized outstanding individuals and partner organizations that supported our work in 2018-19.


Corporate Partner of the Year Award

United Way’s Corporate Partner of the Year Award recognizes an organization that exemplifies what it means to support United Way through a workplace campaign. A successful campaign requires close coordination with United Way staff, advance planning, support from senior leadership and a healthy dose of creativity. United Way’s Corporate Partner of the Year goes above and beyond to ensure a successful campaign.

Winner

Publix

Nominees

Thompson, Siegel & Walmsley
Evonik
Carrell Blanton Ferris & Associates

Community Champion Award

United Way’s Community Champion Award goes to an outstanding individual that invested his or her time and talent to engage, excite and unite their colleagues in support of United Way. This individual went above and beyond to ensure their organization had a successful campaign.

Winner

Danielle Shores – UPS

Nominees

Dan Walker – Waco Inc
Hang Shaia – South State Bank
Gabriella Jessup – PBMares

Leadership Circle Award

United Way’s Leadership Circle is the foundation of the work we do. The Leadership Circle Award is given to a member who demonstrates a shared commitment to improving our region through generosity, advocacy and community engagement. This individual recognizes the power that each of us has to improve the lives of our neighbors and provide everyone with a clear path to success.

Winner

Stephanie Karfias – SunTrust

Alexis de Tocqueville Award

United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society is an elite group of local leaders dedicated to creating positive change and fueling high-impact work in the Greater Richmond and Petersburg region. The Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award is given to a member who embodies the American spirit of giving and volunteerism witnessed by Alexis de Tocqueville as he traveled to the United States in the mid-1800s.

Winner

Ed Ayers

Young Leaders Society Award

United Way’s Young Leaders Society brings together the next generation of community leaders that work to create a better Richmond and Petersburg region. The Young Leaders Society Award is given to an outstanding individual who has demonstrated commitment and enthusiasm for giving, volunteering and advocating.

Winner

Karen Spears

Community Impact: Group Award

None of our work would be possible without outstanding partners and volunteer groups that display a strong dedication to the work of United Way. The Community Impact Award: Group goes to a group of volunteers that shares our commitment to transforming lives in the community.

Winner

Genworth

Nominees

Bank of America
Wells Fargo

Community Impact: Individual Award

United Way relies on hundreds of individual volunteers support our work. The Community Impact Award: Individual goes to an individual that shares our commitment to transforming lives in the community.

Winner

Susan Triggs

Nominees

Morena Phillips
Keith & Jackie Larkin

Steps to Success Award

United Way brings together our region’s nonprofits, businesses, schools and volunteers. We identify key areas of need and create community-based and community-led solutions that provide everyone in our region with a clear path to success.

The Steps to Success Award is given to an outstanding group that shows their commitment to create lasting change across the Steps to Success framework and best exemplifies our mission to empower individuals and drive systemic change.

Winner

Petersburg City and Schools Partnership