United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore (UWLES) celebrated the generosity of community members and the organization’s impact at the 76th Annual Meeting and Community Leaders Celebration, held in partnership with University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Thursday, April 21. 

TidalHealth’s Roger Follebout served as program emcee and PAC14 provided video production.

Members of the Lower Shore community, donors, volunteers and partners gathered to celebrate the impact of the 2020-21 campaign year. While enjoying a breakfast prepared by UMES, the group heard from the 2020-21 chairman, and current immediate past chair, Dr. Bryan Newton of Wor-Wic Community College. Dr. Newton presented the 2020-21 board of directors, recognizing outgoing directors and new members for 2021-22. 

President and CEO Pam Gregory thanked campaign and kickoff sponsors for their continued support and recognized the Top 50 and donors included in the annual Impact Report. 

Gregory shared that “With our community’s support over $1MM was invested with 40 partners in 73 programs and direct services, impacting over 112k neighbors last year,” further noting the LIVE UNITED Response Fund continued helping partners adjust to pandemic impacts, granting over $180,000 to date.

UWLES celebrated the leadership of companies and individuals who excelled during the 2020-21 year with the following annual awards:

• Flame of Excellence: The Harrison Group

• Spirit of the Shore: Pohanka Automotive Group

• Coordinator of the Year: Kelly Novak, TidalHealth

• Affinity Leaders of the Year: Women United – Lillian Overby, Alarm Engineering and

Student United Way – Johannah Cooper, Salisbury University

• Jim Barrett Community Leadership, presented with Jim’s granddaughter, Dr. Jamie Barrett – Sharon Morris, First Shore Federal