United Way Announces Finalists For Annual Nonprofit Celebrate Awards

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024
United Way of Greater Chattanooga announces the finalists for its annual Celebrate Awards, recognizing outstanding contributions and achievements within the local nonprofit sector in the last year.  

Finalists for the five distinct categories are: 

Nonprofit Organization of the Year  
• AIM Center 
• CHATT Foundation 
• La Paz Chattanooga 
• Creative Discovery Museum 

Nonprofit Leader of the Year Sponsored by Roper Corporation 
• Rae Young Bond, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society and Medical Foundation of Chattanooga 
• Rachel Gammon, Northside Neighborhood House  
• Deb Socia, The Enterprise Center 
• Martina Guilfoil, Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise 

Live United, not Divided Award - Recognizing efforts to promote unity and collaboration in addressing community challenges. 
• Cempa Community Care Foundation 
• Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise 
• Chattanooga Symphony & Opera 
 
Innovation in Action Award - Acknowledging innovative approaches to solving social issues and improving outcomes. 
• KELCURT Foundation 
• LIFT Youth Center, Inc. 
• The Company Lab 
 
Volunteer of the Year 
• Samantha Maragnano
• Carolyn Perry
• Donna Christian-Lowe
• Stacey Keating

"Chattanooga’s nonprofit sector works so hard to support our community, and celebrating them is always a highlight of the year,” said Abby Garrison, vice president of Community Investments of United Way of Greater Chattanooga.
“We hope everyone will come out to support them and have a blast with us at the ceremony.” 

The finalists were selected through a community-led nomination and review process and winners in each category will be revealed at the Celebrate Awards ceremony on May 21 at 5:30 pm. The event will be held at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. 

To join United Way in rolling out the red carpet for these changemakers, get tickets at  www.unitedwaycha.org/celebrate. If you have any questions about the event, reach out to events@uwchatt.org.
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