Good Neighbor Award: Merilee Domanick, Range Resources

May 10, 2016


It started as an idea, a simple "hey why don't we..."

Nine years and close to half a million dollars later, the Range Resources Annual Golf Outing and Clay Shoot has turned into one of southwestern Pennsylvania’s premiere fundraising events. In 2014, the outing was recognized by Corporate Incentive and Travel magazine. 

Range Resources Executive Assistant Merilee Domanick has volunteered to be at the heart of the planning process since the beginning. Today, she leads a team of dedicated employee volunteers who have the operation and execution of the golf outing down to a science. "They are so good, and there's no down time. They know exactly what to do without anyone needing to explain, they just roll up their sleeves and get to work. And I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished. So many people put so much time and effort into planning this event,” says Merilee. 

This year – the golf outing is poised to break the 500 thousand dollar mark. According to Merilee, "We raised $12,000 the first year, for the Food Bank. The second year – closer to $15,000. And it just went up from there. Over the last two years, we’ve brought in over $200,000 which right now puts us at a total of $474,000 dollars raised for Washington County charities, which is just amazing. And I anticipate this year’s outing will put us over half a million dollars.” 

United Way Range Resources WebFunds are donated to the United Way and to charities of special importance to Range: the Greater Washington County Food Bank, CASA for Kids Inc. of Washington County, and Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania. In 2015, on behalf of Range Resources, Merilee accepted the United Way Chairman’s Award. 

For Merilee, the over six months of preparation and planning that the event requires, along with the actual execution of the event that has volunteers working from dawn to dusk  on the day of, is well worth it. "People are so grateful. When you give them those checks, it makes you feel so good. It’s exhilarating.”

Range’s Senior Vice President, Southern Marcellus Shale Division John Applegath has watched Merilee devote her time and talents to the golf outing for several years. “She has fantastic organizational skills, and she knows how to bring people together,” says John. “It’s important to also note that the work Merilee devotes to the golf outing is on top of everything else she does here at Range: whether that’s coordinating a meeting of our Board of Directors or staff meetings here at Southpointe; helping to organize conferences; coordinating visits from members of our Senior Management, fielding all of the requests for information and updates that come through this office – and everything else she does to help make sure this division runs smoothly. She is an invaluable member of our team.” 

In addition to the team that manages the golf outing, Merilee is part of a larger group of hundreds of Range employee volunteers who, over the years, have donated more than 10,000 hours of service in the community. 

This year, the golf outing volunteers will tackle a new location as the fundraiser is hosted for the first time on courses at Seven Springs and Hidden Valley. Merilee says they are up to the challenge, adding, “It’s exciting. And it’s gratifying to work for a company that supports me and supports all of our volunteers so we can pull this off, it takes a lot of time. But to be able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities is amazing. I’m proud to be part of this effort and I’m proud to work for Range Resources.” 

Range Resources is pleased to recognize our Good Neighbor Merilee Domanick for her outstanding employee volunteer work and her commitment to the people and community of Washington County.

To read more about the Good Neighbor Awards here, visit Range's Community Engagement section of the website. 

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