York United Way honors donors, announces 2015 totals

Christopher Dornblaser

United Way of York County held its  All Star Celebration Tuesday night at the Wyndham Garden York, honoring the donors and announcing its total funds raised for the 2015 campaign.

Troy Creakman, of Red Lion, sits on his new motorcycle after winning the grand prize at United Way's 2015 Campaign Celebration, Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

The goal for the 2015 fundraising campaign was to reach $6.5 million, a goal the organization beat by 0.8 percent. Art Full, the campaign chair for the 2015 campaign, announced the campaign's total donations: $6,548,806. That is around $216,000 more than 2014's $6.312 million.

"To use a little baseball lingo, man, that is a home run!" he said.

JT Hand, immediate past chair of United Way's board of directors, awarded Full the MVP award. Hand said in the 30 weeks Full worked, working 40 hours a week, the United Way was able to raise $6.5 million, approximately $5,100 an hour.

"Now that's what I call a return on investment," Hand said.

Recognition: The United Way took time to recognize the companies that worked to help achieve the campaign goal. Among the award winners were Sapphire Power, Wyndham Garden York, SpiriTrust Lutheran, CGA Law Firm, The Stewart Companies, Snyder's-Lance, Adhesives Research Inc. and WellSpan Health.

The School District Cup, a campaign competition among the 16 York County school districts, was once again awarded to South Western School District, which has won the prize for the past three years. York City School District was awarded Most Improved Player, increasing contributions by more than 240 percent.

After the awards were given out, the audience was shown a video of all the companies and individuals that won awards talking about their experience working with the United Way over the past year.

Prizes: At the conclusion of the night, prizes were given out to 12 individual donors, ranging from gift cards to the grand prize, a 2016 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim Motorcycle.

The winner of the grand prize was Troy Creakman, a maintenance worker with SpiriTrust Lutheran in Shrewsbury. Creakman, of Red Lion, was all smiles after winning the grand prize.

"I tell you, it felt good sitting on it," he said.

He said he wasn't expecting to get anything and would have been more than happy receiving one of the smaller items.

Creakman said he has been donating to United Way for 10 years.

"There's some people less fortunate than us," he said. "(The United Way) will put the money to good use."

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