United Way volunteers and donors honored
2016 United Way California Capital Region Impact Awards


United Way California Capital Region had an exciting 2016 as we launched the Square One Project with the goal to significantly increase the number of kids who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond. We cannot achieve these goals without the help of our generous supporters, donors, and volunteers.

United Way honored these individuals and companies who are making a lasting impact in our communities at our recent Donor Reception.

2016 United Way California Capital Region Impact Award Recipients:

The Frances Wisebart Jacobs Live United Award is presented annually to a community trailblazer who embodies the characteristics of Frances Wisebart Jacobs (a founder of United Way), specifically in leadership and philanthropy, and personifies the mission of United Way. The 2016 award was given to Sandy Smoley. Sandy received the award for her longtime service, generosity and passion for the community. Sandy’s dedication to United Way began back in 1967. She’s served as board chair, campaign chair, the state government campaign chair, and now serves on the board of the Capital Region Foundation, which supports United Way. She’s given countless hours to United Way and still continues to do so.

The Bojé and Price Award for Outstanding Volunteerism was awarded to a board member who exemplifies the work  of United Way as a volunteer and a champion for volunteerism in our community, Jim Shetler. Jim has been instrumental in leading United Way through a strategic planning process to develop a five-year plan that changed United Way’s business model to a collective impact focused organization. He also serves as a leader in giving as a Tocqueville donor and continues to be an effective connector and fundraiser for our United Way.

Al Goldberg was named Young Leaders Society Member of the Year for his work with United Way’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) to improve the education and health of children in the Sacramento area and grow the presence of the group. Al currently serves on the Leadership Council of YLS and we celebrate his commitment and dedication to the group.

The Women in Philanthropy Member of the Year is presented annually to a woman who exemplifies the work of United Way within Women in Philanthropy, a United Way action group working towards improving the lives of some of foster youth in our community. The award was presented to Amber Lovett. Amber was in on the ground floor of Women in Philanthropy and help facilitate the birth of the group. She’s volunteered countless hours and helped thousands of local foster youth succeed.

Every year the annual Cornerstone Award is awarded to a company who not only achieves outstanding results in the company’s United Way campaign, but also makes volunteerism and community engagement part of its company culture. This year the Cornerstone Award was presented to Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG). DPSG has contributed more than $273,000 to United Way in the last five years. They’ve help outstanding workplace giving campaigns that included bake sales, barbecues, breakfast buffets, pasta lunches and more. DPSG is a company that is truly dedicated to our community, matching all employee donations dollar for dollar.

Congratulations to all of the award winners. Thank you for your continued support!

See the full event photo gallery here.