Elyria, Ohio – Each year, the departments of Lorain County Government have a friendly competition to see which department can raise the most in support of United Way of Greater Lorain County’s work. The department that wins the competition receives a traveling trophy called the Caring Cup with their department name and year engraved on the trophy. The winning department keeps the trophy on display in their office throughout the year.

The 2022-2023 winner was the Lorain County Treasurer’s Office with a per capita donation amount of $85.44.

“The County is one of the largest employers in our community and their support of United Way is instrumental in powering our work that helps so many local people get connected to essential services,” said Ryan Aroney United Way of Greater Lorain County’s President and CEO.

B.J. Ries represented the Treasurer’s Office and was presented with the Caring Cup by Aroney and Lorain County Auditor Craig Snodgrass, who chairs the competition, at a ceremony held at the Lorain County Administration Building on Thursday, March 30.

The ceremony also recognized Michael Doran with the Lorain County Recorder’s Office as the 2021-2022 winner with a per capita donation amount of $46.67 since no event was held last year.

This is the seventh year of the Caring Cup, which was a personal donation by Snodgrass to energize the campaign. The trophy has alternated back-and-forth each year between the Treasurer and Recorder offices.

“We’re so appreciative of Craig Snodgrass for chairing this fun competition between the County departments and are thankful for their leadership and the loyal support of the entire Treasurer’s Office as they once again will get to display the Caring Cup,” said Aroney. “I’m offering a personal challenge to friends in the other departments to see if we can have a new winner next year.”

This year’s total Lorain County Government campaign raised $8,133.12, which rates as a top 20 campaign in Lorain County.

Pictured left to right: Ryan Aroney, B.J. Ries, Craig Snodgrass, and Michael Doran


United Way of Greater Lorain County leads community-wide innovation to tackle problems that most people say can’t be solved. In unforgiving cities, overlooked townships, and seemingly docile suburbs. We find every dollar we can to address them. But we are more than the fundraisers. United Way brings together over 150 organizations to power 10 Community Collaboratives. Together, we fight for the health, education, and financial stability of low-income working families who need our help in Greater Lorain County. We have one life. To live better, we must Live United. Learn more at uwloraincounty.org or by calling 440-277-6530.

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