Friday, March 18, 2016 07:00 AM



That’s how Don Cope said he felt after being awarded the Live United Award on Wednesday afternoon during the United Way of Northwest Georgia’s Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards event at Stage 123 in Dalton. “Game Changers, A Year in Review” was the theme.

Cope recently retired as CEO of Dalton Utilities. He was presented the award by Amanda Burt, United Way president.


“Don has been a strong advocate of United Way within his company, with his peers and community wide,” Burt said.

She said she will miss calling Cope every year during campaign fundraising time.

“Don is committed, he’s going to do the right thing and have a great campaign,” she said.

Under Cope’s leadership, Dalton Utilities’ employees raised $700,000 for the United Way, Burt said.

Cope said the recognition means a lot to him.

“United Way is much bigger than any individual,” he said. “ ... We all receive more than we give.”

Burt said Cope is the type of person who is always lending his knowledge and passion while representing Dalton and the northwest Georgia community.

Cope served as the United Way campaign chairman in 2000 and helped raise more than $3 million.

“Don Cope embodies the spirit of Live United,” Burt said.

Several other awards were presented. ...

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