The Community Foundation of the Ozarks was honored with the Pillar Award for Community Service this afternoon at the United Way of the Ozarks annual meeting. The once-a-year luncheon is held to celebrate the completion of the United Way’s annual campaign–for which they raised more than $3.8 million in 2012–as well as a chance to honor leadership, volunteers and organizations.
The CFO was highlighted specifically for its work on the bi-annual Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County, an exhaustive look at challenges (or “red flags”) and successes (“blue ribbons”) being faced and met in the Springfield metro area. The 2013 edition of the Community Focus Report will be published later this year. Click here to read the 2011 report.
Other honorees included the Springfield News-Leader, the 2012 Corporate Humanitarian of the year for its Every Child series spotlighting issues of child abuse, neglect and poverty. Volunteers honored by the United Way were longtime campaign spokesman Ned Reynolds of KY3 and stalwart volunteer Leslie Peck.
The CFO thanks the United Way for the honor, and congratulates the board and campaign leadership for its success in 2012