United Way of Cass-Clay celebrates successful 2022 campaign

The nonprofit presented several awards and unveiled their list of the metro's top 50 most generous workplaces and top 25 most engaged workplaces.

United Way of Cass-Clay CEO Karla Isley and Director of Resource Development Christie Lewandoski take the stage at the Avalon Events Center in Fargo for their community celebration and annual meeting.
Mike McGurran / WDAY News

FARGO — United Way of Cass-Clay has 6 million reasons to celebrate.

The nonprofit announced it met the fundraising goal of $6 million at United Way's community celebration and annual meeting on Thursday, March 30, at the Avalon Event Center.

United Way also presented several awards and unveiled their list of the metro area's top 50 most generous workplaces and top 25 most engaged workplaces.

This year's fundraising campaign centered around ensuring area children in poverty have housing, food, and mental health service needs met.

President and CEO of United Way Cass-Clay Karla Isley said it takes a village to raise that much money, and they're grateful for all the hard work from volunteers.


"Today's the day to celebrate all of the organizations that stepped up," Isley said. "It's not lost on us that they have full-time jobs. They are volunteering, helping to make their communities and their neighbors more successful."

Because of their work over the last year, United Way prevented 1,881 individuals from entering homelessness, served over 242,000 meals to kids and found employment for 589 people through career coaches, according to Isley.

The United Way also recognized contributors in an awards ceremony at the event.

Award winners included:

  • Enclave, which received the Rising Star award, given to a company which was a first-time donor.
  • Raul Leher of Rockwell Automation, which was given the Humble Hero award, recognizing a person as an unacknowledged hero in the community.
  • Marsh McLennan Agency for bringing energy and creativity to their United Way Campaign, taking home the Magnetic Marvel award.
  • Susie Carlson of NCSCS-Fargo, who was given the Change Maker award.
  • Wanzek Construction, which took home the MVP award for their work on the United Way Campaign.
  • Great Plains Food Bank, which received the Power of Partnership award.
  • Marvin, winners of the Heart of Community Award.
  • Scheels, which claimed the Philly GOAT (Generous Of All Time) award.
Mike McGurran has been a reporter and anchor at WDAY-TV since 2021.
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