It was a time of celebration for many supporters of United Way of Central Ohio. Facing economic uncertainty, United Way of Central Ohio company supporters rallied to help raise $51.8 million in the annual campaign. The “Best of Awards” paid tribute to United Way’s corporate partners, which produced amazing benefits for our community in 2008. The event announced United Way of Central Ohio's winners of the awards — given in honor of the creative efforts central Ohio businesses have put forth. Each business’ campaign was judged by nonpartisan volunteers to determine which companies excelled.

American Electric Power (AEP) / IBEW Local 1466 received the highest honor, The Community Impact Award of Excellence, which recognizes overall achievement in corporate and volunteer philanthropic efforts. Award judges found that AEP excels in all aspects of their campaign including strategic performance, leadership giving, and employee education and volunteerism. AEP’s employee-driven campaign has done an excellent job of communicating the work of United Way, and has experienced significant growth over the past three years. The company’s emphasis on encouraging employees to give at leadership levels has resulted in a high level of these important gifts.

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