Temple, Texas- April 15, 2015- The United Way of Central Texas (UWCT) will surprise local businesses with the 2014 Community Impact Awards tomorrow, April 16 and Friday, April 17. UWCT staff, board and agency directors will ride on the Ralph Wilson Youth Club ambassador bus to present the awards to the winners.

“The 2014 campaign went very well,” said United Way of Central Texas Chief Executive Officer James Thurston. “The companies and businesses being recognized are those who went above and beyond in their workplace campaign and who are making a lasting impact on our community.”

Thousands of local companies and individuals participated in the 2014 workplace campaign and it is considered an honor to be a chosen community impact award recipient.

“It is exciting to celebrate and honor these companies and their employees for their passion and commitment to serving the needs of this community through their workplace campaigns,” said UWCT Vice President of Resource Development, Stephanie O’Banion. “Their dedication is inspiring and truly makes a difference in the lives of others.”

UWCT April 16 Award Bus Schedule:                       
9:00 am –  McLane Group: Largest Employee Giving Increase                                      
9:45 am –  Wilsonart International Inc.: Most Leadership Givers                
10:30 am – McLane Company: Corporate Leadership                              
11:15 am – University of Mary Hardin-Baylor: Most Creative, Energized, and Fun Campaign      
12:45 pm – Baylor Scott & White Health: Largest Employee Giving Increase, and Best of the Best                 

UWCT April 17 Award Bus Schedule:
9:00 am – Temple Independent School District: Spirit of Giving                                  
9:45 am – Central Texas VA Health Care: Combined Federal Campaign of the Year
10:30 am – Hilton Garden Inn, Temple: Outstanding Service
11:15 am – Johnson Brothers Ford: Largest Percentage of Leadership Givers                        
12:30 pm – Dead Fish Grill: Small Business of the Year
12:45 pm – Photo by Skeebo: Outstanding Service    
Panel Specialists Inc.: New Campaign of the Year
Brockway, Gershbach, Franklin, and Niemeier P.C.: Excellent Small Business Campaign

The United Way of Central Texas is also hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on Thursday, May 7. The event will take place at Ralph Wilson Youth Club, 1400 East Ave. B in Temple, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 pm.  Attendees will enjoy hamburgers and hotdogs grilled by Ralph Wilson Youth Club Executive Director, Charlie Kimmey. Food has been sponsored by Hilton Garden Inn, Temple and music will be provided by EMANON Productions.

For more information please call the United Way of Central Texas office at (254) 778-8616.