Cape Girardeau schools, Bank of Missouri, Basler receive recognition from United Way of Southeast Missouri

Friday, May 29, 2009

On the heels of earning national recognition from the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, the Cape Girardeau school district was honored again on Thursday by the United Way of Southeast Missouri. The district won the Spirit of Caring Award, given every year to a United Way funding partner that "promotes, supports and embraces the work of the United Way."

The United Way made the announcement, one of three annual awards given since 2001, at its annual meeting, and cited teachers' generosity in the school campaign as one reason.

The Bank of Missouri won the Spirit of Community award, given to a local company that has been supportive of the United Way.

Bob Basler won the individual honor, the Spirit of Giving Award, for his commitment to the United Way going back to 1997 when he began a nine-year term on the United Way's board of directors. He currently serves on the finance committee for the United Way and is involved in many other community activities. He founded the Notre Dame Regional High School foundation and also serves on the Saint Francis Hospital Foundation Board.

Procter & Gamble was the top contributor to the United Way, donating $245,532 through corporate contributions and employee campaigns. Saint Francis Medical Center donated $127,524, followed by Southeast Missouri Hospital with $75,683, the Southeast Missourian at $62,880 and Nordenia USA at $52,029 to round out the top five.

Alliance Banks showed the largest percent increase and AmerenUE had the highest per capita giving.

Overall, the United Way took in $1,201,448, not including an estimated $28,600 in estimated in-kind donations.

Fifty three percent of the 2008 local investments was spent on children's programs; 25 percent was spent on helping victims of abuse and disaster, promoting volunteerism and helping seniors to remain independent; and 22 percent went toward helping families be financially stable.

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