By Frank Lewis
October 23, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, the company responsible for the Decontamination & Decommissioning (D&D) Project at the Department of Energy (DOE) former Gaseous Diffusion Plant raised $118,156 to help local charities through their United Way/United Fund campaign in September.
That total shatters the $75,000 campaign goal set by the employee committee and far exceeds last year’s total of $84,000. Many of Fluor-B&W’s 1,600 employees participated in the campaign as did DOE, USEC Inc. and site subcontractors.
At a check unveiling event held at the DOE Portsmouth site last Thursday, Fluor-B&W Site Project Director Dennis Carr announced the total at a lunch held for the committee and local United Way/United fund representatives from Pike, Ross, Jackson and Scioto counties.
“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our employees and the efforts of our United Way campaign team to rally our workforce around such a great community program. We raised more than $20,000 in just one day,” Carr said. “That’s special. It was humbling and very fun to watch.”
Throughout September employees were asked to fill out United Way/United Fund pledge cards and join the fun by participating in grill outs, bake sales, raffles, a dinner and talent show and even a “Couch to 5K Run.” A grand finale cookout was held Thursday, Sept. 26 where a pie-in-the-face fundraiser raised a majority of the $20,000 referenced by Carr.
“Employees used their wallets to vote for the five top Fluor-B&W and DOE senior managers they wanted to see get hit with a custard pie,” Fluor-B&W Campaign Chair Deneen Revel said. “An auctioneer also took bids for the right to throw a pie. The results generated good photos, fun and a lot of money.”
The United Way had nothing but praise.
“The outstanding response to this year’s United Way Campaign is truly a measure of the caring power of Fluor-B&W employees,” Mary Elsass, executive director, United Way of Ross County said. “We sincerely appreciate their generosity and pledge to honor their support though our mission of improving lives and strengthening our community.”
In addition to the support by Fluor-B&W employees the Fluor Foundation based in Fluor Corporation headquarters in Irving, Texas is providing matching dollars toward the campaign. “Our employees met the goal, but receiving a match on our fundraising dollars really amplifies our total,” Carr said. “Those extra dollars can really make a difference where we live. We’re fortunate to have generous employees and caring service agencies that put financial and social assistance where it’s needed most.”
In addition to providing financial support to United Way agencies in the four-county area Fluor-B&W employees also give their time by participating in numerous boards and councils that have a direct impact on the quality of life in southern Ohio.
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