The United Way of the Bradford Area will honor Zippo Manufacturing Company and Zippo employees with the Red Feather volunteer award at a luncheon on Thursday, May 3rd, officials announced today.
“The impact that both the company and its employees have made on the local United Way – since the company’s earliest days – is so grand. I cannot begin to acknowledge both entities enough for their contributions and continued support of what we do to support the community,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis.
Davis says that both receiving entities embody what the Red Feather award stands for.
“This was implemented to honor outstanding individuals or businesses who have made an impact on the United Way, and the local community as a whole, through their day-to-day selfless attitude and commitment to exemplify our mission of enhancing the quality of life in the areas we serve.
“I think everyone will agree that our recipients are well-deserving of this honor,” she said.
Davis also said that there is a high level of commitment from the employees, who are not only supportive of the UWBA monetarily, but who hold positions on the Board of Directors, volunteer at special events, or advocate for the work being done in the Bradford community.
“This, again, was an expectation of Mr. Blaisdell, that his employees would serve the community, and we are so fortunate that Mr. (George) Duke and Mr. (Mark) Paup continue that tradition today.”
For his part, Mr. Duke stated, “It is a long standing tradition and part of the Zippo culture to give back to our wonderful community. Throughout all these years, as the United Way of the Bradford Area continues to meet their mission, the company is inspired to match the generous contributions of the employees, who proudly support the United Way.”
Zippo Manufacturing Company has been a Bradford icon since the early 1930’s, developing into one of the most recognizable global brands today. The desire to build upon the foundation built by Mr. George Blaisdell while continuing innovative approaches to current trends and lifestyles make the products relevant across many generations.
The Red Feather luncheon will be held in the Mukaiyama University Room at the University of Pittsburgh Bradford, beginning at 12:00 pm. The cost is $30 per person, with sponsorship opportunities also available at various levels. Reservations may be made through April 25th by calling the office at 368-6181 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bradford Ecumenical Home, Inc.’s CEO, Lisa Johnson, has been announced as the 2018 recipient of the Excellence in Representation Award, according to United Way Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis.
The Excellence in Representation award was created to recognize an outstanding agency representative who best exemplifies United Way’s mission within their own organization, who participates in the annual campaign, and possesses a working knowledge of United Way and how it benefits the various programs and services in the community.
“Lisa is a strong advocate of the United Way’s mission, and the support she garners from her staff at BEH, Inc. is fantastic. She also offers her expertise to several collaborative efforts, and we’re proud to partner with her,” said Davis.
For her part, Johnson said, “Bradford Ecumenical Home, Inc. is fortunate to share a similar mission and vision with several community partners as we enhance our services to provide quality care. The strength and success of an organization in large part, comes from the support from our friends and partners. We value our collaborations with organizations such as the local United Way. and look forward to all the great things to come!”
Johnson, a Bradford native and graduate of Slippery Rock University, has worked at Bradford Ecumenical Home, Inc. for 18 years. She is a member of the College of Health Care Administrators, and is a current board member of Futures Rehabilitation Center, Inc., the YMCA of Bradford and Leadership McKean. She resides in Bradford with her two children, Regan and Lucas.
The Excellence in Representation award will be given at the United Way’s annual Red Feather Volunteer recognition luncheon on May 3rd. Reservations may be made by calling the United Way office.