United Way of the CSRA recently presented Southern Nuclear with its highest honor, the Gold Champion Award, for being the Central Savannah River Area’s top fundraising organization in the 2021 campaign. It marks the first time Plant Vogtle has won the award, with the site raising over $322,000 through fundraisers, pledges, donations and company contributions. During the presentation, Southern Nuclear was one of several community partners recognized, with the United Way of the CSRA’s campaign generating $2,225,000.
“Our community is so grateful for the leadership, commitment and creativity brought forth by the team at Southern Nuclear year after year,” said Brittany Burnett, President and CEO of United Way of the CSRA. “As our community continues to grow and evolve, the needs change as well. With Southern Nuclear on our side, we will be able to fill gaps in our region and Lead Families Forward not only for today, but for next year, and the next generation. We are so grateful for the continued support from Southern Nuclear employees. Giving back to the community is in the DNA of the company, and during a time like this when there is such increased need in our area, we wouldn’t be able to have this level of impact without the commitment of Southern Nuclear - the No. 1 supporter of United Way of the CSRA.”
Plant Vogtle 1&2 Plant Manager Rob Norris and Plant Vogtle 3&4 Plant Manager Patrick Martino praised the teamwork, vision and leadership that led to the campaign’s success. “Thank you to the entire Plant Vogtle team for being citizens where you serve. I challenge the team to maintain momentum and strive to exceed 2021’s results during the 2022 campaign,” Rob said.
During the same event, the 2021 Alvin W. Vogtle Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Pearline Harris by Norris, along with a check for $2,000 to be donated to Salvation Army. Southern Nuclear created the Alvin Vogtle award in 1984 in honor of Alvin W. Vogtle, who Plant Vogtle is named after. During his storied career, Vogtle was chairman of the board and president of Southern Company and Georgia Power, and is remembered as a leader with great foresight, a community advocate and a World War II hero.