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County Wins Bragging Rights in County vs. City United Way Support Challenge

County vs City Challenge 2016 April 12 -HigherRes - 392x304There was a little horseplay at Tarrant County Commissioners Court April 12, but it was all for the benefit of the community.

City of Fort Worth employees and Tarrant County employees annually compete to see which group can donate the most money per capita to the United Way campaign. When the results of the 2015 County vs. City United Way Support  Challenge were announced at Commissioners Court, it was Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley who received the Community Champion Award—a stately horse’s head— on behalf of the victorious County employees while Mayor Betsy Price looked on. County employees donated $77,017.85 ($18.62 per capita) to the 2015 United Way campaign, while the City’s employees contributed $115,720.83 ($16.86 per capita) for a combined total of $192,738.68.

In a gesture of unity, Judge Whitley and Mayor Price agreed to jointly serve dinner at one of the shelters operated by a United Way partner agency. Community Resource Coordinator Ann Farmer headed up the United Way campaign for County employees, and Fort Worth Library Director Gleniece Robinson led the City’s employee campaign. This marked the fifth consecutive year for the friendly county-city rivalry.

Pictured, from left, are United Way of Tarrant  County EVP/Chief Operations and Development Officer T.D. Smyers, Mayor Price, United Way President/CEO Tim McKinney, and Judge Whitley.