United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) announced the winners of the 2020 ELEVATE Awards, presented by GEICO, during its signature fundraising event this evening. Winners were selected from a group of 15 finalists and nearly 100 nominees, ages 21-40, in five categories: outstanding board member; employee resource group; community ambassador; nonprofit employee; and volunteer. 

“We congratulate these exceptional individuals who have demonstrated leadership, philanthropy and the ingenuity needed to move our community forward on important social causes,” said 2020 ELEVATE chair, Jamie Jansen. “They set the bar high for all of us as volunteers, advocates and donors of United Way.”  

The winners of the 2020 ELEVATE awards are: 

Board Member of the Year presented by Eli Lilly & Company  

Marla Taylor, Taylor Advising on behalf of Brooke’s Place  

Volunteer of the Year presented by Roche Diagnostics Corporation  

Delano Robinson, Eli Lilly and Company on behalf of Black Data Processing Associates of Indianapolis 

Nonprofit Employee of the Year presented by Katz, Sapper & Miller 

Kelsey Burton, Executive Director, Paws & Think  

Employee Resource Group of the Year presented by BMO Harris Bank 

Roche Young Professionals at Roche 

Community Ambassador of the Year presented by UPS 

Sarah Myer, Indiana Sports Corp 

This year the public was encouraged to vote for any of the fifteen finalists for the ELEVATE 2020 People’s Choice Award Winner presented by OneAmerica. The inspiring recipient receiving the most votes, was awarded $250 to donate to the 501(c)3 of their choice. With at least $1 per vote, the finalists raised over $3,500 towards the ELEVATE fundraising goal to support more programs addressing safe, affordable and equitable housing.  

People’s Choice Award Winner presented by OneAmerica

Luke Zhang, Data Scientist at DemandJump

In an addition to celebrating winners and finalists, attendees of ELEVATE participated in a community service project by packing emergency and transitional housing kits filled with essential items for donation to Horizon House.  

In the honorees we can celebrate and honor our community’s rising philanthropists and volunteers, said Lauren Peterson, inaugural ELEVATE award winner and United Way of Central Indiana Board Member. “ELEVATE shines a spotlight on the extraordinary work of those that care most about ensuring Central Indiana is a sustainable, inclusive, and thriving community and thus inspires us all to be better stewards of this place we call home.”  

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