United Way Honors Jamie Bordas with Building A Better Community Award

The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley hosted the Building a Better Community breakfast on Monday, November 20th. Jamie Bordas, a long-time United Way supporter, was honored with the Building a Better Community award.  
Mr. Bordas has supported the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley and their partner agencies for many years. Staci Stephen, Executive Director of the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley said, “We were excited to honor Mr. Bordas this year as our Building a Better community award winner. You can’t listen to the radio, watch tv, drive down interstate without hearing or seeing his name. He is a tremendous supporter of the United Way and of the entire community. When we sat down to discuss who the honoree would be this year, his name just kept popping up. He is instrumental in the progress of the Ohio Valley, and we wanted to be able to show him how much he is appreciated.”
American Red Cross Executive Director, Sharon Kesselring said, “Mr. Bordas has been a faithful supporter of Red Cross blood services by supporting our Media Day drive each year. His unwavering support, together with the support of local media, assures a successful blood drive at a historical blood shortage time of the year.” Mr. Bordas was introduced by his longtime friend and partner, Geoff Brown. Mr. Bordas was joined by family, coworkers, friends, and other long-time United Way donors.
Other awards included Volunteer of the Year given to Bella Rine, Miley Rine, and Chris Thomas for generously donating their time to the United Way. The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley added a new award this year named after long-time friend and supporter, G. Ogden Nutting. Staci Stephen, Executive Director of the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley said, “Ogden was a champion for the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. He attended every event where the United Way was the presenter and always had kind words to share with others. He believed in our mission and continued to be a light in our community until his passing this past August. We felt strongly that his support and efforts were a huge part of the building of the Ohio Valley community and wanted to honor him in some way. We decided to create a new award, The G. Ogden Nutting Community Service Award that was presented to a member of a partner agency who is doing great work in the community. We were honored to bestow this year’s community services award to Sharon Kesselring from the America Red Cross who has gone above and beyond for the Red Cross and the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. The Nutting family has generously offered to add a monetary donation to the honoree’s agency in memory of Ogden for the next five years. We were honored Mr. Nutting’s family could be in attendance to remember Ogden and his giving spirit.”
Awards were given to the top corporate donors to the United Way’s 2022-2023 campaign “Raised Here. Stays Here.”  The United Way also honored the top employee campaigns which are a way for companies to encourage their employees to participate in their own philanthropic giving. Platinum Champion – Covestro; Gold Champion – Westlake Chemical; Silver Champion – WesBanco.
The Corporate Champions are the largest donors to the United Way: Platinum Corporate Champion-Williams; Gold Corporate Champion –Highmark WV Charitable Fund for Health.; Silver Corporate Champion – Joe’s Tire.
If you are interested in getting involved with the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, reach out to executive director, Staci Stephen at [email protected] or 304.232.4625.