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HCAA sets record in United Way giving campaign

(June 4, 2015) - The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority wrapped up a successful giving campaign in May with a record contribution to the United Way Suncoast of $96,215.76.

The Airport’s third annual 5K Runway Fun Run on April 25 generated more than $55,000 for United Way, but greater employee giving and participation helped push the airport’s donation to its record high. Janet Zink presents the check to United Way

In total, Aviation Authority employees donated roughly $37,014, with nearly half of all employees participating. Employee participation increased from 31 percent last year to 49 percent this year. Aviation Authority employees have doubled their donations since 2012, when it was $18,000.

Employees surely gave because it’s important and for a good cause. But they could have been tempted by the prizes.

Airport CEO Joe Lopano agreed to work for a half day in the department that increased its contributions by the greatest percentage. That honor goes to Ethics, Compliance, Diversity & Administration, which increased its contributions 118.5 percent. Airport concessions came in a close second with a jump of 110.7 percent.

Two teams earned pizza with the CEO for 100 percent participation: IT and a group comprised of the CEO’s office and the departments of Marketing, Internal Audit, Legal Affairs, Real Estate and Media & Government Relations.

The Traffic Division came up with their own creative internal challenge to raise additional funds for United Way Suncoast that resulted in Traffic Manager Rob Rinehart and Police Chief Paul Sireci getting a pie in the face at the June 3 roll call. The department challenge raised an additional $186 for the campaign.

This year’s efforts follow a long tradition of giving at Tampa International.

In the past decade, the Authority has contributed more than a half a million dollars to United Way. Last year, the Authority was listed as one of the most generous work places in the region.