5Ks and Chili Cook-offs! Hexcel Knows How to LIVE UNITED!

Mike Wattsby Mike Watts
Community Investment Advisor

It is always so exciting to see a company who knows how to have a little fun with its employee giving campaign! This summer, Hexcel employees put on a fun-filled workplace giving campaign to help United Way of Salt Lake change the odds for kids and families. The enthusiasm and generosity that Hexcel employees showed during the campaign was greatly appreciated. I was invited to present to the hardworking employees about our work during their safety/update meetings. They even gave me my own pair of fashionable, yet functional, safety glasses and stressed the importance of safety on the job and off.


Hexcel is a longstanding Cornerstone partner and also provides a company match to employee pledges. Hexcel even matches the money raised at events from the Hot-Dog-A-Palooza to the big Chili Cook Off and the 5K run. Did I mention they know how to have fun?

Hexcel’s employees and leadership truly represent the type of engagement that United Way of Salt Lake relies on to change the odds for kids at-risk kids in our community. Hexcel’s extraordinary involvement will not only make a difference today, but for years to come!

Thank you Hexcel for LIVING UNITED!

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Tesoro is Golfing to Change the Odds!

Megan Richardsby Megan Richards
Community Investment Advisor

This month, Tesoro joined over 300 industry professionals at Utah Petroleum Association’s annual Charity Golf Classic to raise funds for local nonprofits, and United Way of Salt Lake was Tesoro’s charity of choice for the tournament! Participants enjoyed a beautiful day of golf while learning about United Way of Salt Lake and raising funds to change the odds for kids and families!

Beyond the Golf Classic, Tesoro kindly donates a year of free gas for our BMW lease giveaway. Employees who attend an educational group meeting about the work of United Way of Salt Lake, hosted by their companies, are entered to win! By participating in this giveaway, Tesoro encourages all our partners to learn more about how to GIVE, ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER.

With a fun golf tournament, meaningful sponsorship, and a great campaign, Tesoro shows us what it means to LIVE UNITED!


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Pie in the Face Anyone? Scheels Gets Messy While LIVING UNITED!

Bosworth, Amyby Amy Bosworth
Corporate Relations Director

Have you ever wished you could shove a chocolate cream pie in your boss’s face? Those dreams were recently actualized by Scheels employees at the Draper store in an effort to raise some messy money for United Way of Salt Lake. From supervisors all the way up to the store manager, employees paid top dollar to stick it to their boss, literally.

Lucky for us, while scores were being settled with oozing whipped cream and goo smashed in faces, dollars were flooding in to help UWSL achieve our important goals of ensuring that children and families have the same opportunities to succeed in school and in life. Of course, who wouldn’t want to have fun, get even with your boss, and LIVE UNITED all on the same day?

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Thank you, Scheels management and staff, for being such good sports!

LSI Does Not Rest! Thanks for LIVING UNITED!

Dennis Huynhby Dennis Huynh
Community Investment Advisor

Logistic Specialties, Inc. (LSI) continues to show that it is willing to do what it takes to change the odds! Year after year, LSI employees invest both their financial resources and their valuable time in support of United Way of Salt Lake. LSI’s dedication to our community is inspiring.
LSILSI held its employee giving campaign during the week of May 27th. Once again, LSI had almost 100% participation in a very successful campaign. Despite having wrapped up the campaign just a couple of months ago, LSI is already looking at ways that it can continue to support the community going forward.

LSI is set to participate in both Stuff the Bus, a drive to provide school supplies for 8,500 low income children, and United Way of Salt Lake’s annual Day of Caring, where thousands of volunteers help out at hundreds of different service projects throughout the community.
Thank you so much LSI, for being such a shining example to the community, and for showing us what it means to LIVE UNITED!

Target Team Members Hit The Bull’s-Eye!

mikeby Mike Watts
Community Investment Advisor

Target stores around the country are wrapping up United Way campaigns. I have the opportunity to work with the local stores in Salt Lake and Davis Counties and I hardly call it work! Not only do I get to attend educational meetings where I speak with Target team members about how their support makes a difference in our communities, but I also get to be a guest at a few special events.

This year, Target team members held multiple events. Employees donated through a work place giving campaign and participated in volunteer projects. They also took tours at multiple United Way of Salt Lake Community Schools and Neighborhood Centers. And yes, they also dunked their managers! You read that correctly; some team members got the chance to dunk their leaders in a dunk tank!

Thank you, Target and Super Target stores, for taking care of our community and at the same time, taking care of your boss’s hygiene! Way to LIVE UNITED!

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Savage Wraps Up Another Record-Breaking Campaign

timby Tim Harrison
Senior Community Investment Advisor


Last week, Savage employees wrapped up another fun-filled campaign to support our community. The world has to know how differently this company and its employees approach Changing the Odds for kids and families! To say they were “committed” would be an understatement. 

Savage Services is currently providing over a dozen volunteers per week to tutor exiting ninth graders who are recovering lost academic credit that they need in order to graduate. We’re starting to see some remarkable results and hear some heartwarming stories about their achievement–so plan on a full update here on The Hub, after we have wrapped up the summer tutoring session.

As far as the campaign goes, Savage blew its own records out of the water (no surprise there). I’m talking by tens of thousands of dollars, people! Part of that is due to the generous employees, who proudly exclaim that 100% of the company participates; it doesn’t matter how much you give, but that you’re all giving together to make a difference. Another big part of that increase is due to the corporate match of employee gifts, which is a remarkable $2 for every $1 pledged!

But hey, it’s always nice when the company kicks back a few prizes for donating, too. Savage didn’t hold back when they raffled off tickets to shows, Jazz suites, vacations up the canyon, and the most coveted parking spaces in the front row of the parking lot!

Thank you — to all the Savage donors, advocates, and volunteers! This community is lucky to have your ongoing support. You are all an outstanding example of what it means to LIVE UNITED. Shawn Nie Parking photo 2 Jayme Jensen Parking Carol Parking Spot Brad Perringer Parking

Jeffrey Klekas: Helping to Change the Odds, Even in Retirement!

Dennis Huynhby Dennis Hyunh                                                                 Community Investment Advisor

Jeffrey Klekas worked for Zions Bank for over 40 years, most recently serving as Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager. He retired from years of hard work and dedication in January of 2013.

Throughout his career at Zions, Jeff has been a strong supporter of United Way of Salt Lake. He is a Diamond Donor, and contributed to UWSL during his entire tenure with Zions. He continues to support UWSL’s work, even in retirement.

“I served some time as a loan executive for UWSL. I know the work, and after donating for 40 years, it just seemed to make sense to me to continue to contribute.”

 Zions Bank still plays a big role in allowing Jeff to contribute.

“Zions Bank has provided me with an easy way to give on an on-going basis, and has allowed me to continue to contribute without having to worry about the logistics.”

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Thank you Jeffrey Klekas for your years of support of UWSL and for showing us how to LIVE UNITED