United Way Presents Distinguished Awards to Community Leaders and Corporate Partners


United Way of Henderson County (UWHC) announces the recipients of distinguished awards to community leaders and corporations that provided exceptional support during 2022. 

“United Way’s good work is only possible because of the partnership of hundreds of individuals and businesses who care about the most vulnerable people in our community,” said United Way Executive Director Denise Cumbee Long. 

Two awards were announced for individuals receiving special recognition: 

The Rob and Ginger Cranford Community Service Award, sponsored by Morrow Insurance Company, is presented annually to an individual or couple who exemplify the extraordinary community service that Rob and Ginger Cranford demonstrated throughout their lives. This year’s Cranford Award honors Jan Witte, a dedicated former board member and volunteer who died in December of 2022.  She also served on the board at Hands On Children’s Museum and was a longtime volunteer at Children and Family Resource Center. 

The Edward C. Brisley, Jr. Award, sponsored by Ken Adams at Edward Jones and named for a beloved former Executive Director, is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding volunteer service to United Way. This year’s Brisley Award honors Barbara Platz, a volunteer at United Way of Henderson County for over 20 years, including 12 years as a member of the Board of Directors.

United Way also presented annual campaign awards to companies that excelled in their support of the wider community through employee and corporate giving to United Way:

The Premier Cornerstone Award, given in recognition of highest overall employee contributions to United Way of Henderson County’s 2022 Campaign, was presented to Wilsonart.  Additionally, Cummins-Meritor received the Power of Partnership Award, given in recognition of outstanding corporate and employee contributions to United Way’s 2022 campaign. The Change Maker Award, given in recognition of longstanding, diversified support of United Way programs and initiatives, was presented to Kimberly-Clark at Berkley Mills. Finally, Publix received the Live United Award, in recognition of a model employee campaign that has made a significant impact in Henderson County.  

“We are humbled by the support and service of individuals and businesses who invest in the well-being of our neighbors and our community,” said Long. “Since 1953, United Way of Henderson County has been fighting for the health, education, financial stability, and basic needs of every person in Henderson County. We couldn’t do it without our incredible partners.”