The Brown County United Way’s 2017 Campaign Recognition Luncheon occurred on Friday afternoon at the Brownwood Country Club.    

Representatives from businesses and charities across the county gathered for a buffet lunch and awards ceremony as Brown County United Way executive director Karen Lynch honored the organizations that supported the 2017 campaign.   

Lynch said the United Way raised $246,823 during its campaign this year.   

Campaign co-chair Dr. Diana Ellis gave brief remarks to begin the luncheon. “Having been in several places,” Ellis said, “I just want you to know — Brown County, you’re impressive. You’re very impressive. What you do, how you give tirelessly, how you give generously, it’s so important.”   

The luncheon’s featured speakers were Lane and Josh Dryden of the Association for Retarded Citizens. Josh Dryden, who has Down syndrome, has been working at Aldersgate Enrichment Center for about 25 years.   

Lane Dryden spoke about how the United Way and the ARC support people like Josh to attend events like the Children’s Association for Maximum Potential camp and Camp Summit. “If it wasn’t for United Way, we couldn’t do this stuff,” Dryden said.    

Lynch then honored the Brown County United Way 2016 board of directors with a framed certificate. Mike Patek, Paul Aufenkamp, Chip Camp, Nancy Price, Tammy Arreola, Ken Harriss, Janet Ogden, Mike Rodgers, Klaus Szabo, Eric Weiss, Lynn Day, Nichole Hernandez, Jeanice Padilla, Marisha Stidom, Steven Weckworth and Grant Magness were honored for their work on the board.   

Organizations that donated more than $1,000 to the campaign were also awarded. Kohler, 3M, the Brownwood Regional Medical Center and Atmos Energy were recognized as the top donors of the year.   

“Brown County is a county of tremendous generosity,” said United Way board member Janet Ogden. “It makes me proud to be a resident here.”   

The Brown County United Way supports the American Red Cross, the Boys & Girls Clubs, the Brown County Association for Retarded Citizens, Brown County Home Solutions, CASA in the Heart of Texas, the Brownwood Community Resource Council, the Family Services Center, the Pearl Griffith Memorial Latch Key Program, the Salvation Army, the Ark Domestic Violence Shelter, Brown County 4-H Clubs, the Cancer Services Network, Early Childhood Intervention and the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. The organization can be reached at 325-643-5084 for more information.