United Way of Central Indiana names Spirit United winners, top company investors, and exceptional individual supporters for 2020-2021

INDIANAPOLIS — Even with its in-person Annual Celebration paused for this year, United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) remains committed to awarding the companies and individuals who have supported the organization and the Central Indiana community in exceptional ways the past 12 months. United Way will deliver awards personally to the Spirit United winners, the Exceptional Employee Coordinator, and the Exceptional Executives, and throughout the month of June, UWCI will promote additional organizations and people who have made a difference in the community.


“United Way’s corporate supporters and donors went above and beyond to lead their organizations in creative ways during a year of unprecedented challenge,” said Ann Murtlow, president and CEO of United Way of Central Indiana. “On behalf of our entire team, we cannot thank them enough for their generous spirit and thoughtful determination to help our community rebound and recover from the pandemic. We are proud to call them champions of United Way and celebrate their contributions all month long.”
Spirit United Winners

Spirit United is the most prestigious company award from United Way of Central Indiana. Created in 2007, Spirit United celebrates companies that have consistently supported, advocated for and generously donated to United Way. Winners are chosen by a task force that includes United Way leadership and previous Spirit United winners.

Four companies received the top honor of Spirit United for 2020-2021:

BGBC Partners, LLP
Elements Financial
First Financial Bank

Exceptional Employee Coordinator and Exceptional Executives

Within company campaigns for United Way are individuals who rise to the top with their commitment to reaching fundraising and volunteering goals on behalf of their organization. This year, United Way awarded Sarah Thurman from Pepper Construction as its 2020-2021 Exceptional Employee Coordinator. For this year’s Exceptional Executive, two leaders received the honor: Tiffany Benjamin from Eli Lilly and Company (photo attached) and Mary Beth Oakes from Business Furniture + Choreo.

United Way Recognizes its Top Investors in Community Impact

The following companies and organizations have demonstrated a commitment to making a financial impact on our community through United Way of Central Indiana. (presented in order from top investment)

Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly Endowment Inc.
Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation
Indiana University Health
Corteva Agriscience
Allison Transmission, Inc., and UAW Local #933
Community Health Network
Cummins, Inc.
Citizens Energy Group
AES Indiana
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana
Gene B. Glick Company, Inc.


Throughout the month of June, United Way will post videos and blogs highlighting winners from various categories on its website at www.uwci.org.




United Way of Central Indiana is a community of donors, advocates, volunteers, and partners who fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. United Way invites all members of our community to LIVE UNITED by giving, advocating and volunteering to improve lives in Central Indiana. Visit www.uwci.org to learn more.


Jessica French | c 317.292.5608 | jessica.french@uwci.org

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