Roger Blackwell and Rodrick Whetstone (left-right) were honored with "Keys to Success" for their volunteer work with United Way

The key to our success rests in people who embody the spirit of greatness by saying "Yes I Can!" And yesterday, we celebrated two of our very own special "keys", Roger Blackwell and Rodrick Whetstone, during the Association of Fundraising Professionals Illinois - Rockford Chapter annual Honor Your Own volunteer recognition luncheon. The event, held at Giovanni's Restaurant and Convention Center, featured remarks by Suzanne Berger, event chair, and Tonya Thayer, AFP Rockford Chapter President, and a special message on volunteerism by the Honorable Judge Rosemary Collins. Over 30 volunteers from various organizations were recognized for their generosity and contributions to our community.

United Way of Rock River Valley extends its appreciation to Blackwell and Whetstone who support United Way with their time, talents and expertise.

Roger Blackwell
No matter what the task, Roger makes himself available. As an essential volunteer to United Way, Roger's reliability, attention to detail and sunny disposition is greatly appreciated by us. Roger makes an effort to engage with our staff, and we consider him part of our team.

Rodrick Whetstone
We hit the jackpot when Rodrick initiated contact with United Way to offer his visual design expertise. He has provided much-needed creativity on campaign marketing materials and our annual report. His talent went far beyond our expectations and his level of professionalism is second to none.

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