GREELEY — The board of directors of United Way of Weld County named former Greeley Mayor George Hall and his wife, Betty Hall, the the recepients of the 2013 Humanitarian Award.
The award, given by the board since 1989, is for individuals who “have demonstrated a record of exceptional generosity, outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and leadership in the roles of philanthropic and humanitarian efforts,” according to a news release from United Way of Weld County.
This year, George and Betty Hall were honored for their lifetime commitment to their community through leadership and philanthropic generosity. Growing up in Brush, the Halls already knew each other, but their life together began following George’s return from college and serving in the Korean War.
The newlyweds moved to Greeley and became involved in the community, leading to George’s service on City Council and as mayor for eight years. George continued to serve in many capacities, including chairman of the Colorado Transportation Commission, board member for Greeley/Weld EDAP and Downtown Development Authority, among many others.
Betty’s talent helping her husband’s election led to a found passion for politics. She later served on campaigns for U.S. Sen. Ben “Nighthorse” Campbell, Gov. Bill Owens and served as the Weld County manager for the presidential election of George W. Bush.
Aside from politics, Betty has served on many school boards and organizations, including the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County where she felt honored to help with scholarship funding.
“Whatever you put in, you always receive so much more,” Betty said.
As cited by the board, one of the best ways to see George and Betty’s commitment to education and to the Greeley community is through the Poudre Learning Center. Through their donation of 65 acres of land, the Poudre Learning Center — a center that focuses on teaching the community about the importance of the history, science, economics, stewardship and aesthetics of the Cache la Poudre River — became a reality.
Board member Mike Geile introduced the Halls during the United Way of Weld County’s 25th Annual Tiller’s Reception.
“George and Betty have their fingerprint on hundreds of quality of life opportunities in Weld County,” he said. “The community has treasures to enjoy for generations thanks to them, including the Poudre Learning Center, the Union Colony Civic Center, Centennial Village and the Greeley Ice Haus,” Geile added.
“What makes Betty and George special is that all their contributions to Greeley came from their heart,” read a statement from the United Way of Weld County announcing the award. “They never wanted a thank you, but just the chance to give back to their community.”
United Way of Weld County recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources we need to get things done. The Halls certainly fit that category and recognition is an important way to not only say thank you, but to let the community know about individual efforts.
“It is our hope that when United Way recognizes these great individual efforts, the more inspired others in the community will become,” said Jay Hinrichs, Chairman of the United Way of Weld County Board of Directors. “It was an honor to help recognize two great individuals for their service to our community,” he added.
The Tiller’s Reception is a thank you to Leadership Level Donors, which is funded by Cornerstone Partners. United Way of Weld County Cornerstone Partners provide funding to cover administrative and fundraising costs, so donations to UWWC Community Impact Fund go completely to programs and services advancing education, financial stability and health in Weld County.
United Way of Weld County President and CEO, Jeannine Truswell shared her sentiments on the commitment of George and Betty to the community.
“Their leadership has been inspiring. They have not stood on the side lines. They have gotten involved and made things happens for the common good of Greeley and Weld County,” she said. “Their sense of doing what is right and doing what is best for our community has been at the heart of their actions. For all those early mornings, late nights, breakfasts and dinners, meetings and community discussions, difficult and thoughtful decisions… thank you,” Truswell concluded.
For more information on United Way of Weld County, including Leadership Giving, Humanitarian Award, volunteering, or general information, call 970-353-4300 or visit www.UnitedWay-Weld.org.