Premier Partners

United Way of Pierce County Recognizes Premier Partner Campaign Honorees and Award Winners    

August 6, 2020, Tacoma, Wash. — United Way of Pierce County is pleased to recognize its 2019 Premier Partner Honorees and Award Winners. Through quality workplace giving campaigns, community volunteerism, in-kind support and sponsorship, these businesses are investing in the community and leading the fight to end poverty.

More than 350 companies in Pierce County and hundreds of community leaders, Tocqueville Society and Leadership donors, and other individuals last year contributed more than 6.4 million dollars to United Way, which went back into the Pierce County community. United Way selected 33 companies as 2019 Premier Partners for their commitment to the mission of working to lift 15,000 households out of poverty into financial stability by 2028.

Winners in each category are as follows:
Small Company
NuStar Energy
Medium Company
Korum Automotive Group
Large Company
Public Sector
Pierce Transit
Inaugural Campaign
Titus-Will Lakewood Ford
Rising Star
Incline Cider
PacificSource Health Plans
Campaign Coordinator of the Year
Baxter-Hobart (ITW) Bakery Systems, Steve Rodrigues
Titus-Will Ford Toyota, Jody Fetters
Campaign Coordinator Team of the Year
Tacoma Public Utilities, Led by LaTasha Wortham
2019 Premier Partners Honorees included: Bank of America, Bethel School District, CenturyLink, CHI Franciscan Health, City of Tacoma, Cole Graphic Solutions, Columbia Bank, Comcast, Concrete Technology Corporation, Coordinated Care, Costco, DaVita Enterprise, Rent-A-Car, FedEx Corporation, Gene Pankey Motor Co., Inc., Harborstone Credit Union, KeyBank, Korum Automotive Group, MultiCare Health System, NuStar Energy, Parametrix, Inc.,Pierce County Government, Pierce Transit, Puget Sound Energy, Puyallup School District, Regence BlueShield, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma Public Utilities, Titus-Will Chevrolet – Tacoma, U.S. Bank ,United Parcel Service and Washington State Employees Credit Union.
“We are so thankful to all of the businesses who received Campaign Awards and Nominations as a result of their extraordinary support, dedication to, and investment in poverty-cutting programs and services that help people who are struggling in our community. We could not do this important work without their support,” says Dona Ponepinto, United Way of Pierce County CEO.
The awards ceremony, which was originally scheduled to take place at Cheny Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers, was held as a virtual presentation on July 29, 2020.
To learn more about United Way of Pierce County and their Premier Partners, visit

About United Way of Pierce County
United Way of Pierce County has served our community since 1921. Our history is rooted in partnerships—bringing people from different walks of life together to improve conditions for children, families and individuals. While that will never change, our role as a community fundraiser has shifted as the United Way movement has sharpened our focus to solve key community issues that prevent people from meeting their full potential. Today we are leading change by breaking the cycle of poverty in Pierce County. UNITED, WE WILL LIFT 15,000 FAMILIES OUT OF POVERTY BY 2028. Learn more at