BCS recognized for record gift to United Way

BCS recognized for record gift to United Way
Posted on 02/08/2022
United Way of Logan County Executive Director Dave Bezusko

The generosity of Bellefontaine City Schools’ employees was recognized by the United Way of Logan County Tuesday morning.

The popular non-profit organization held its Annual LIVE UNITED Awards Ceremony at the Holland Theatre.

The United Way of Logan County annual campaign raised a record $1,069,007 last fall.

It’s the fourth straight year the county has surpassed $1 million.

BCS employees gave a school record $30,527.

BCS recent campaign history.

·         2011:  $20,638

·         2012:  $17,042

·         2013:  $15,558

·         2014:  $14,776

·         2015:  $17,001

·         2016:  $22,634

·         2017:  $13,962

·         2018:  $25,827

·         2019:  $21,767

·         2020:  $23,431

·         2021:  $30,527

United Way of Logan County Executive Director Dave Bezusko recapped the record BCS donation. “The big change occurred last fall when we did the campaign right out of the shoot on the first day the teachers were back. That allowed deductions to occur over the course of the entire school year. In years past, the UW campaign was in October and we only collected over 10 months of pay periods. So you, as an individual, could give the same amount per pay, but it was a larger donation over the course of the year. The strategy worked.”

Bezusko added, “Our seven local school districts combined to raise over $96,000. Of course, they do it WITHOUT the benefit of a corporate match (it’s not possible in public school districts). Five of the seven set new giving records. Three achieved major giving milestones. In all, it was a 36 PERCENT INCREASE in giving from just last year.

“I have NEVER seen an entire sector have such a tremendous increase. I think there are multiple reasons for it. For one, teachers SEE THE BENEFIT of United Way programming in their classrooms every day. They spend all day in the classrooms with their students and know which ones are benefitting from United Way programs when they are at home. Two, the incredible giving spirit of teachers, who give so much of themselves to their students each day. And three...the passion and leadership of the workplace champions, who mobilized their teams so very well.”

The United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of everyone in Logan County. It does so by facilitating successful agency partnerships that enable a safe, healthy, and caring community. More than a fundraiser, the United Way collaborates with businesses, non-profits, government, and civic organizations to help meet the social service needs of our community.

For more information, visit www.uwlogan.org or call 937-592-2886.

Photos: United Way of Logan County Executive Director Dave Bezusko

The United Way’s record campaign total

Bill Tipple and Deb Baker

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