GREENFIELD — Covance Greenfield joined an elite group of Central Indiana companies as a United Way of Central Indiana Spirit United award winner, becoming the first Hancock County company to receive the recognition.
“This is the highest honor the United Way of Central Indiana can bestow on a company,” said Paula Jarrett, UWCI Hancock County area director.
Covance joined the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels, environmental consultants, August Mack Environmental and Dow AgroSciences as this year’s Spirit United winners.
“These are truly, truly, outstanding companies,” Jarrett said.
The award recognizes community service. Local Covance employees take part in UWCI Day of Caring projects as well as participate in ReadUP tutoring in schools and the United Christmas Service. The company has also won the United Way’s Company That Cares Award for three consecutive years, according to www.ucwi.org.
“It’s a bit of a surprise and very humbling,” said Covance Greenfield vice president and site manager Ted Wagner. “It wasn’t a stated goal, but we always want to be connected to the communities in which we operate.”
Headquartered in Princeton, N.J., Covance, Inc. is one of the world’s largest contract research organizations for drug development and food testing, designing testing programs for nutritional facts labeling regulations and scientific standards with operations in 30 countries.
Its Greenfield facility opened as a result of a $50 million 2008 deal with Eli Lilly and Co. to purchase Lilly’s Greenfield laboratory. As part of that deal, Covance announced a 10-year, $1.6 billion service agreement with Lilly.
Last August UWCI kicked off an ambitious fund raising campaign with a goal of $632,000, which represented an 8 percent increase over the previous year.
The organization raised $623,367, 98 percent of its goal, on the year with several corporate and civic drives exceeding their efforts from 2012, said Bobbi Dunne, Hancock Regional Hospital vice president of outpatient and clinical operations who has been UWCI’s campaign chair for the past two years.
UNITED WAY AWARDS
2013 Spirit United Award:
2013 Company That Cares Award, Hancock County:
City of Greenfield
Elanco Animal Health
Greenfield-Central School Corporation
Hancock Physician Network
Hancock Regional Hospital
Keihin IPT Manufacturing, Inc.
Southern Hancock School Corporation