United Way thanks its ‘leadership givers’ for generosity in community

Mandy Reber (left), executive director of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, introduces former club member Tosha Davis, who is now in her second year of college, during the thank you breakfast for United Way Leadership Givers Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Forks of the Wabash. Davis talked about how being a member of the club helped her become the first in her family to graduate from high school and go to college.
Mandy Reber (left), executive director of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, introduces former club member Tosha Davis, who is now in her second year of college, during the thank you breakfast for United Way Leadership Givers Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Forks of the Wabash. Davis talked about how being a member of the club helped her become the first in her family to graduate from high school and go to college. Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

The United Way of Huntington County served breakfast to its “leadership givers” Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Historic Forks of the Wabash to thank them for their generosity in funding the agency the past year.

One person thanking them was a member of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, one of several United Way success stories.

About 30 people attended the inaugural breakfast, held just before the official start of the 2017 donation campaign. Donor Development Coordinator Joy Koch said invitations were sent to those who contributed $500 or more to fund the 19 partner charities and organizations that help people throughout Huntington County.

Mandy Reber, the executive director of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington  County, one of the organizations supported by United Way funds, introduced Tosha Davis, who graduated from the club and is now a sophomore majoring in elementary education at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.

“I may not have been able to go to college,” Davis said. “Through the club I have had many opportunities … I am the first generation to graduate from high school, and the first generation to go to college.”

Davis cited the club’s Keystone leadership program and the individualized help she received to apply for and receive scholarships to attend college. She added she was able to fund her first year at USI with the guidance she received from the club.

United Way Donor Development Coordinator Joy Koch read a note from newly-installed Executive Director Kyle Metzger, who was unable to attend the breakfast.

“We know that it takes every member of the community to make that community great,” Koch read. “But I also believe it takes strong leadership. Leadership takes many forms, and you are all sitting here today because you recognized a chance to take the lead in your community by putting your resources toward improved education, health and wellness and financial stability for those who live here.”

On behalf of Metzger, Koch added the staff holds a deep sense of gratitude for the generosity of those donors. In 2016, the United Way campaign raised more than $606,500.