United Way honors Adam Kiel, Bill Loucks and Jim Spain

  • Bill Loucks receives the MU United Way Volunteer Excellence Award.
    Bill Loucks receives the MU United Way Volunteer Excellence Award.

May 17, 2021

Last year, the Heart of Missouri United Way took its yearly campaign virtual in response to COVID-19. In a time when central Missourians needed help more than ever, United Way and the University of Missouri stepped up to help our community. Overall, Mizzou raised more than $450,000 dollars — an increase from 2019

Reaching Tigers remotely was no easy feat. Volunteers from across campus rallied the troops, ensured online pledge forms were accessible and delivered a successful campaign. Recently, the Heart of Missouri United Way held a virtual ceremony to honor members from the Columbia community who went above and beyond to help the campaign raise more than $2.8 million. Here are Mizzou’s honorees: 

Bill Loucks — MU United Way Volunteer Excellence Award

This newly created award is given at the discretion of the MU United Way Campaign Chair (or steering committee) to a person or group who has performed exceptionally as a volunteer or advocate on behalf of Heart of Missouri United Way.

“Bill worked tirelessly to get this year’s campaign up and running,” said Marshall Stewart, MU’s vice chancellor for extension and engagement and the MU United Way campaign chair. “He was instrumental in coordinating activity among the United Way partners, like getting the ePledge website ready for virtual pledges. This year’s success is a direct result of Bill’s dedication.”

Adam Kiel — Campaign Chairs Achievement Award

This award is given at the discretion of the campaign chair to a person who has exceeded reasonable expectations in their efforts to raise funds for United Way.

“Adam was an instrumental figure in the success of the University of Missouri campaign,” said Eryca Neville, United Way board member. “He recruited more than 100 partners and trained them to use the ePledge system, communicated with them at a high frequency during the campaign and worked closely with MU’s IT services and United Way staff.”

2020 community campaign chair recognition

The United Way also honored 2020 campaign chairs Eryca Neville and MU Vice Provost Jim Spain with a commemorative plaque. Spain helped facilitate donations from more than 200 companies and 4,600 individuals during the 2020 campaign.


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