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Awards & Recognition


At our LIVE UNITED Celebration, held Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Baker Lofts Event Center in Holland, Greater Ottawa County United Way recognized the outstanding companies and individuals who helped advance the common good in our community by giving, advocating, and volunteering. 

The following five criteria are used to select award recipients. Some awards are given when 3 of these criteria  are achieved, while others require 4 of the 5 criteria to be achieved.  When a company achieves all 5 of the following criteria, it receives the prestigious Community Builder Award.
 1.    An increase of employee giving from the previous year
 2.    At least $175 average employee gift
 3.    50% or more participation in campaign giving
 4.    Employee volunteer involvement (with United Way internally, Day of Caring, or corporate volunteer projects)
 5.    Three or more employees giving at the Lighthouse Leadership Circle level ($500+)


Recognizes top organizations that exemplify a year-round partnership with United Way, including participation in Day of Caring, Community Investment and a commitment to workplace volunteering.

The companies below met all five of the award criteria listed above:
Automatic Spring Products
Davenport University
Grand Haven Custom Molding
Greater Ottawa County United Way
ITW Drawform
Macatawa Bank
PNC Bank


A Gold Award is presented to major firms who meet 4 out of 5 of the award criteria.

The 2017 Gold Award recipients are:

Anderson Technologies
Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Chemical Bank
Children’s Advocacy Center
Consumers Energy -
JH Campbell Complex
County of Ottawa
DeNooyer Chevrolet
Elzinga & Volkers Construction
Falcon Corporation
Fifth Third Bank
Grand Haven Area Public Schools
Grand Haven BLP & UWUA 582
Haworth, Inc.
JSJ Corporation
Light Corporation
Mercantile Bank
Sekisui SPI
Shape Corp.
Stanco Metal Products
The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg
Trans-Matic Mfg. Co., Inc.
West Michigan Community Bank
West Michigan Molding


A Silver Award is presented to major firms that meet 3 out of 5 of the award criteria.

The 2017 Silver Award Recipients are:
A.D. Bos Vending Services, Inc.
GHSP, a JSJ Business
Herrick District Library
Holland Hospital
Hope College
Huntington Bank
Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance
Legal Aid of Western Michigan
Northwestern Mutual
ODL, Inc.
Pathways, MI
Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital

Volunteer of the Year Award

The recipient of this award exemplifies a spirit of volunteer service to their community by giving their time and efforts to Greater Ottawa County United Way, as well as other organizations in the community.

2017 Recipient: Diane Ybarra, Global Concepts Enterprises


Pinnacle of Partnership Award

The recipient of this award exemplifies a commitment to improve the quality of life for Ottawa County residents through leadership in service and education as well as a year round partnership with Greater Ottawa County United Way

2017 Recipient: Good Samaritan Ministries

Out-of-the-Box Award

Recognizes the organizations who took the box, shook it up, and ran the most creative, fun and interactive campaign.

2017 Recipient: Shape Corp.

Joe Martella Above and Beyond Award

This person goes above and beyond what is expected of a campaign coordinator. They are constantly looking to add excitement to the campaign, help others realize the importance of United Way and encourage volunteering.

2017 Recipient: Macatawa Bank campaign committee


Lynne Sherwood Lighthouse Leadership Award

This award is bestowed upon a United Way campaign company that demonstrates the greatest increase in leadership giving, or to an individual, couple or family whose community leadership sets an example for others to follow.

2017 Recipient: Shape Corp.


G.W. Haworth Strength of the Community Award

Recognizes the company and/or individual who most embodies United Way's leadership, spirit of volunteering, philanthropy, and decision-making in the allocation of philanthropic resources to our community.

2017 Recipient: Mark Wilson

Past recipients:
2001 - G.W. Haworth

2002 - Patrick Thompson

2003 - Lynne Sherwood

2004 - Tim Parker

2005 - Edward & Nancy Hanenburg

2006 - Donna Cornwell

2007 - Richard Haworth

2008 - Shape Corporation

2009 - Grand Haven Area Public Schools

2010 - Jeffrey W. Beswick

2011 - PADNOS

2012 - JSJ Corp. and its businesses: Dake, GHSP, and izzy+

2013 - The Bos Family: Thomas G. & Jane Bos, Thomas J. & Laurie Bos, David, Megan & Tommy

2014 - Steve and Sandy Moreland

2015 - Larry and Jeanie Koops
2016 - The Verplank Family

2017 Community Investment Panel Awards

3 Year Awards:

Kelly Liebbe
William Lowery
Sharon Zajac
Michael Zambetis

10 Year Awards:
Sandy Huber
Debra Mann
Shawn McPherson
John Stempfley

THANK YOU to all those who gave your time and energy to our campaign!