BNSF Railway Company, the largest contributor to last year’s United Way campaign,kicked off its 2015 campaign Sept. 8 with a goal of $2.5 million.
United Way CEO Tim McKinney (shown above) was on hand to thank BNSF employees for the generous role they play in making Tarrant County a great place to live.
He also commended BNSF for the long list of awards the company earned during the countywide United Way campaign last year:
- Cornerstone Award—Highest Campaign
- Leadership Giving Award—Most Campaign Dollars
- Most Women’s Leadership Council Members
- Most Tocqueville Society Members
- Most Hispanic Leadership Society Members
- Most Volunteer Hours
At this year’s BNSF kickoff, more than two dozen United Way partner agencies hosted booths (shown above at top) where BNSF employees could learn more about how their contributions make a difference. They received tickets at each booth that could be used for raffles. BNSF staff also enjoyed volunteer activities, such as writing birthday cards and assembling hygiene kits, which benefitted agency clients.
BNSF’s United Way fundraising got off to a good start Aug. 31 with the annual BNSF Golf Tournament at Trophy Club Country Club. Under the leadership of Co-Chairs Brain O’Neill and Tyler Knudson, the tournament yielded $120,000, an increase of $15,000 over last year. About 450 people participated, including BNSF vendors from numerous states. The tournament was so popular that it took over two 18-hole courses and included 2 waves; morning and afternoon. Raffles and golf-themed games like “hit the ball in a tire” rounded out the fun.