United Way of Southeast Louisiana raised more than $13.7 million during its 2014-15 campaign to meet health and human service needs in the community.
Partner agencies will receive an overall 16 percent increase in funding for the fiscal year beginning July 1 to support more than 130 education, income and health programs in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes.
During the United Way’s annual meeting, members of the organization’s board of trustees were recognized for their leadership: Joe Exnicios, chairman of the board; Charles Rice, campaign chair; and Lori Barthelemy, community impact chair.
Bill Townsley of Shell was named Hidden Hero for going above and beyond in service to the community and as an inspiration to others. He saw 70-year-old Ambrose Gabriel’s house was damaged from two storms and rain pouring through the roof. Townsley organized a team of volunteers, paid for supplies, lunches and more and spent two years rebuilding Gabriel’s Gretna home.
Kim Sport, community leader and chairwoman of United Way’s Public Policy Committee, is the first Live United Award individual honoree. Sport has been successful in advocating for passage of state laws impacting domestic violence, early childhood education and more.
Sharon Green Insurance Agency received the Small Business Live United Award. Loop LLC earned the award for a mid-sized company, and Shell captured the award for a large company.
Todd Slack will be chairman of the United Way board of trustees for 2015-16, Rick Haas will be campaign chairman and Jessica Vermilyea will be community impact chairwoman.