Heart of Indiana United Way Presents Community Awards During First-Ever Celebration Roadshow

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By Kim Williams—

EAST CENTRAL, IN—Heart of Indiana United Way took its annual awards event on the road this year to highlight and thank businesses, individuals, and partners that helped make a big impact through donations, volunteerism, and partnerships.  Through the roadshow, those watching will be able to see the winners of this year’s 9 community awards. The video will be released on April 21 at noon and can be viewed on Heart of Indiana United Way’s Facebook and YouTube pages. (Or view it below.)

“During the planning of this year’s event, we weren’t quite sure that it was the right time to bring a large group of people back together yet. The Celebration Roadshow gives us the opportunity to travel and highlight each county served and thank a great group of recipients for their support this year,” said Kim Williams, Vice President of Donor Relations. “The Celebration Roadshow video is fun, upbeat and a wonderful way to learn about all the great things happening across the region through United Way.”

Nine awards were given out in Madison, Delaware, Henry, and Randolph County. The awards included:

  • Heart of Our Community Award – First Merchants Bank, Delaware County  

  • Rising Stars Award– Frankton Students in Action, Madison County 

  • Community Support Award – Reflectix, Madison/Henry County 

  • Community Cares Award– Madison County Health Department and Henry County Health Department  

  • Top Fan Award– Fayette County Community Voices 

  • Outstanding Advocate Awards– Mark Boehmer, Fayette County and Ceann Bales, Randolph County  

  • Community Builder Award– AEP, Delaware County 

First Merchants Bank was awarded the Heart of our Community award for its support of programs like the THRIVE Network, safety net services and early learning. First Merchants also runs an extensive employee campaign and provided a $25,000 match on donations made during United Way’s Give from the Heart Challenge in 2021. AEP was awarded the Community Builder award for their support of volunteerism with Heart of Indiana United Way and throughout the region. Both award winners work in and support all five counties that make up Heart of Indiana United Way.

During the Celebration Roadshow, Heart of Indiana will also announce $1.8 million raised in last year’s campaign that will go back into the communities it serves. Jenni Marsh, President of Heart of Indiana United Way shared, “It is only through the generosity of individuals and partners of United Way that we were able raise this money and these awards are our opportunity to show our appreciation.”








About Heart of Indiana United Way

Heart of Indiana United Way was established in July of 2021 when two organizations, United Way of Madison County (which also serves Fayette County) and United Way of Delaware, Henry & Randolph Counties, joined forces to transform and improve more lives in Indiana. Heart of Indiana United Way works to improve the quality of life in the five counties served by engaging people and organizations to advance education, financial stability, and access to quality health care. www.HeartOfIndiana.org