Ohio United Way honors Hays as one of its heroes

Ohio United Way celebrated 100 years of service by recognizing 100 heroes from United Ways across the state at its annual lobby day luncheon on April 10 in Columbus.

George W. S. Hays, executive director of United Way Services of Northern Columbiana County, was recognized as one of the 100 heroes for his service to the community and to the public policy committee of Ohio United Way.

More than 230 United Way employees, board members, and legislators attended the luncheon held at the Capital Club across from the Statehouse.

Ohio United Way’s board president, Clair Dickinson said, “Ohio United Way is thrilled to use the occasion of its anniversary to honor people who have made its work possible: individuals from across Ohio who have given selflessly to make a positive difference in their communities.”

In introducing Hays to the audience, Scott Robinson of the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce also cited Hays’ active involvement in Rotary International as another example of his commitment to community service.

“I am honored and humbled to be recognized by Ohio United Way,” Hays said. “I draw inspiration from these other heroes, many of whom have far more experience and who have contributed far more to the success of United Way than I.”

Barbara Sykes, president and CEO of Ohio United Way, welcomed each honoree upon arrival, and official photographs were taken of each honoree with Sykes.

Other honorees from northeast Ohio included Erskine Cade, United Way of Greater Cleveland board of directors; Maria Hegge, president, United Way of Greater Stark County; Bill Kiston, president, United Way of Greater Cleveland; Steve Kleiber, president of United Way of Portage County; Thomas Krysiek, executive director of United Way of Trumbull County; Robert Kulinski, president of United Way of Summit County; Kim Leininger, executive director of United Way of Geauga County; and Brenda Linnick, executive director of United Way of Wayne and Holmes counties.

– Submitted material