Univest Corporation Awards $5,000 to the Bucks County SPCA as Winner of the Caring for Community Giveaway


Pictured (standing left to right): Meghan Garber, volunteer coordinator, Bucks County SPCA, with Chihuahua/Terrier mix, Max; Kim Detwiler, senior vice president and director of corporate communications, Univest  Corporation, with Poodle mix, Jordy; Anne Irwin, Executive Director, Bucks County SPCA; Beth Kittrell, director of development, Bucks County SPCA; Annette  Szygiel, executive vice president and chief experience officer, Univest  Corporation; (front) Bucks County SPCA volunteer Laura Goodwin with Pitbull, Lucy.


SOUDERTON, Pa., January 9, 2013 - Univest Corporation today announced the winner of the Caring for Community Giveaway, a contest that awarded $5,000 to a local, nonprofit organization.  The Bucks County SPCA was randomly selected as the winner from 233 local, nonprofit organizations.  Nominations for the prize were made through the Univest Facebook page, with each post made on behalf of a nonprofit organization counting as an entry in the contest.  There were a total of 1,997 posts over the course of the contest, which ran from December 3, 2012 through December 31, 2012.


"We are so honored and excited to have been chosen in Univest's Caring for Community Giveaway! With the opening of the Bucks County SPCA's Upper Bucks shelter last year, the $5,000 could not have come at a better time," said Beth Kittrell, director of development for the Bucks County SPCA.  "This boost to our Centennial Campaign will go a long way toward helping us develop the new shelter and advance our core mission - preventing and alleviating the suffering of thousands of animals each year.  We are deeply grateful to Univest for such generous support and to our always enthusiastic Facebook family for so many kind words and nominations." 


"We were thrilled with the overwhelming response we received for the Caring For Community Giveaway," said Annette Szygiel, executive vice president and chief experience officer of Univest Corporation.  "This contest truly brought to light all of the great work being done for so many different causes right here in our own communities.  We are proud to be able to support the Bucks County SPCA and look forward to continuing to support a variety of organizations through our Committed to Local giving program."


This $5,000 Caring For Community Giveaway wrapped up the first year of Univest's new Committed to Local giving program, an initiative that provided an additional $100,000 over the course of 2012 to local nonprofits to help make a difference in the neighborhoods Univest serves. Univest's total support to the community surpassed its $1 million goal and employees of Univest volunteered more than 13,500 hours to help local nonprofits.


Univest has announced its Committed to Local giving program will become Univest's overall philanthropic program moving forward.  In 2013, Univest once again expects to contribute more than $1 million to the communities it serves.  If registered 501 (c) (3)organizations are interested in applying for support from Univest's Committed to Local program applications and giving guidelines can be found by going to univest.net/ctl. For more information, please contact Nicole O'Neil at 215-721-2450 or oneiln@univest.net.


For the complete rules for the Caring For Community Giveaway, click here.


About Univest Corporation of PA

Headquartered in Souderton, Pa., Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania (www.univest.net) and its subsidiaries serve the financial needs of residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations in Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties as well as the Lehigh
Valley.  For more information on Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania and its subsidiaries, please visit www.univest.net.

About Bucks County SPCA

The Bucks County SPCA has been dedicated to preventing and alleviating the suffering of animals since 1912.  For more information, please visit www.bcspca.org or call the Lahaska shelter at 215-794-7425 or the Upper Bucks shelter at 267-347-4674.