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June 24, 2015
To many, Xcel Energy may be better known as the company to which they pay their monthly utility bill, but for United Way of Larimer County, Xcel is another generous company that supports its community through a workplace campaign.
Over the last 10 years, Xcel Energy has generated more than $500,000 for United Way in Larimer County alone.
During their campaign this fall, Xcel hosted a chili cook-off. Pictured to the right is Jody Hutchinson, United Way campaign coordinator and senior associate with the design department for Xcel Energy at the Fort Collins Service Center, and former United Way employee Sarah Rice.
“I think that it is important to give back to your community,” said Hutchinson. “It helps me to remember and appreciate what I have.The United Way campaign makes it easy for even a small donation to go a long way.”
This summer, company employees took things one step further and organized the NoCo Golf Tournament to benefit Xcel Energy United Way. The tournament was held on Saturday, June 20 at Mad Russian Golf Course and featured 29 foursomes playing in a scramble format.
The event was primarily organized by Eric McBartlett, fitter serviceman in the gas department for Xcel in Fort Collins, with the support of his colleagues.
“I've been really passionate about golf since I started playing when I was 13,” said McBartlett. “I also feel a great need to help build up this community, so organizing a golf tournament was the best way I knew to make the biggest impact possible.”
The event was quite the family affair for the McBartletts, as Eric was assisted in organizing the event by many of his family members. His brother, Kelly, served as the emcee for the program after the tournament, and his parents, Kelly and Tamie, organized a silent auction. Pictured belowis the McBartlett foursome - from left to right: Eric McBartlett, Kelly McBartlett, Sr., Kelly McBartlett, Jr. and Thomas McBartlett.
Through entry fees, the silent auction and other donations, the event raised more than $12,000 for United Way of Larimer County.
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