South Florida State College’s outgoing president Norm Stephens was named the United Way of Central Florida’s Highlands County’s Citizen of the Year Thursday at the group’s annual meeting attended by 100 people.
“This person leads by example with calm presence and demeanor,” said John Shoop, last year’s award winner, before announcing Stephens’ name.
The award is presented to a long-time supporter, advocate and volunteer for the group.
Shannon Sapp, with Highlands Independent Bank, was named the United Way Volunteer of the Year, and received her plaque from Dan McAuliff, who was last year’s volunteer of the year.
This award recognizes a person’s commitment to United Way as an advisory board member and an employee coordinator.
Those attending learned that 56 local businesses and government offices ran campaigns for United Way where more than 2,000 donated.
The group had more than $450,000 in pledges, money that will be allocated to 16 partner groups and causes United Way supports.
At $139,260, Publix Supermarkets’ three stores in Highlands County again topped the donor list; the School Board of Highlands County came second with a $76,194 pledge followed by Alan Jay Automotive Network employees, who pledged $30,931.