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United Way of the CSRA entertained over 600 guests on August 29 at the 75th Campaign Kickoff.

Hosted at Bell Auditorium, this year’s festive themed event was unveiled as “Painting A Brighter Future”.  The auditorium was cleverly decorated in painting ephemera from drop cloths and wet paint signs to live caricature artists painting in the lobby.  The highlight of the event occurred when a surprise performance by artist Dan Dunn of PaintJam appeared on stage and showcased his talent live in front of the audience.  Furiously working on a revolving 6 foot sized canvas, the artist splashed and spattered paint to ultimately reveal a portrait of Ray Charles.  The audience applauded his work not once but twice as he wrapped up the event with another inspiring display of his talent as he created Lady Liberty.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver presented a Proclamation to LaVerne Gold, President/CEO of United Way, naming this “United Way Day” in Augusta in commemoration of their 75 years of service to the local community.

Dr. J. Michael Ash, United Way’s 2011 Board Chair, presented United Way Worldwide’s “Summit Awards” which honor company excellence in areas of Community Impact, Volunteer Engagement, and Philanthropic Engagement.  Awards were presented to Bank of America for Community Impact and Volunteer Engagement and to Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Company for Community Impact and Volunteer Engagement.

Zack Daffin, United Way’s 2011 Campaign Chair, announced United Way’s 2011 campaign goal of $4.1 million.  He challenged everyone to consider giving back to the community through their support of United Way, stating that, “It takes everyone working together to succeed.  United Way’s success is not just a dollar figure; it’s the countless number of lives that will be touched next year by a community working together.”

Mr. Daffin also announced that Bob Richards of Bob Richards Auto Group has donated a 2012 Nissan Sentra for this year’s campaign.  When you donate a minimum of $260 per year (just $5 per week), you become eligible for a ticket to win the car.  And, the more you donate, the more chances you have to win!  The winner will be announced in a drawing at the 2012 annual meeting next February.  More information is available at

Each year, United Way is fortunate to have assistance from a number of local companies who loan key employees that will work with United Way for the next 11 weeks helping to run campaigns throughout the community.  This year’s Loaned Professionals include:  de’Lisa Carrico, U.S. Department of Energy; Sherrie Cliett, Publix; Roger Duke, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; April King, Sponsored by Georgia Power; Larry Laughlin, Sponsored by Savannah River Remediation; and Darrin Stancil, Elliott Davis, LLC.

Ten companies were recognized for running Pacesetter Campaigns this year, campaigns which are launched prior to the Kickoff:  Boy Scouts of America, Georgia-Carolina Council, Inc.;  Dillard’s; Macy’s; Palmetto GBA; SafeHomes, Inc.; Target; United Way of the CSRA Board of Directors; United Way of the CSRA Staff; UPS; Virginia College; and Walmart Stores, Inc.

The Kickoff was presented through the generosity of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, AT&T, Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Company, ADP, Comcast, Georgia Health Sciences University, Georgia Power, Southern Nuclear Operating Company, and University Health Care System.  Paige Tucker and Jeff Rucker of WAGT NBC 26 presided over the event.

Does your company, civic club or church provide Christmas assistance to families in the CSRA?

If so, please join the Christmas Clearinghouse to reach more people in need! As co-administrator of the CSRA Christmas Clearinghouse, United Way collaborates with over 40 local non-profits, churches, schools, government entities and civic groups to provide holiday assistance. The clearinghouse reduces duplication and increases the resources available to serve individuals and families that are in the greatest need in our community. The project includes coordinating efforts to reach eight outlying counties.  Last year, over 16,000 individuals in the CSRA received assistance through Clearinghouse partners! Through the creation of a web-based, user friendly system, participating organizations can quickly determine if the families they want to assist are already being helped elsewhere. All information is kept confidential and organizations are able to assist more families each year through their free participation in this program. Contact Brooke Steele for more information and to get your organization involved: 706-724-5544, ext. 8933 or

United Way of the CSRA 2011 Campaign Video

Win a 2012 Nissan Sentra Donated By Bob Richards Auto Group

Giving to United Way of the CSRA is more rewarding than ever! When you donate a minimum of $260 per year ($5.00 per week), you become eligible for a ticket to win a 2012 Nissan Sentra. The more you donate, the more chances you have to win!

  • $260 ($5.00 per week) – 1 Entry Ticket
  • $364 ($7.00 per week) – 2 Entry Tickets
  • $624 ($12.00 per week) – 3 Entry Tickets
  • $1040 ($20.00 per week) – 4 Entry Tickets

Entry Deadline: February 1, 2012

Drawing of 10 Finalists: February 10, 2012

Final Drawing: February 28, 2012

For more information, see your company’s Employee Campaign Manager or call United Way of the CSRA at 706-724-5544.

Official Rules and Regulations: One ticket for this drawing is offered for a $260 ($5 per week) voluntary donation to United Way of the CSRA; two tickets for this drawing are offered for a $364 ($7 per week) voluntary donation; three tickets for thisdrawing are offered for a $624 ($12 per week) voluntary donation; four tickets for this drawing are offered for a $1,040 ($20 per week) voluntary donation to United Way of the CSRA. All federal, state and local regulations apply. The number ofentries received determines the odds of winning the prize. Void where prohibited by law. Drawing of ten(10) finalists will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. Winner will be determined in a final drawing (10 finalists) that will take place on Tuesday, Feb.28, 2012, at United Way’s Annual Meeting. Winner need not be present to win. Winner will have the option of selecting $10,000 cash vs. car. Only official entry tickets will be drawn; no facsimiles or copies permitted. Submission of entry tickets isthe sole responsibility of the donor or Employee Campaign Manager. All taxes, license, title documents, and registration fees are the financial responsibility of the prize winner. Prize must be claimed within 30 days from the date of the final drawing.Applicants and the winner must be 18 years of age or older, a U.S. resident, and have a valid U.S. driver’s license. Winner must agree to be used in promotional materials. Previous statements provided by United Way regarding goods or servicesreceived in relation to the applicant’s donation are hereby superseded. All amounts paid to United Way which qualified the applicant to receive this ticket are nondeductible, as by accepting this ticket the applicant has received full considerationin value. Please consult your tax advisor. Bob Richards Auto Group and United Way of the CSRA are not liable for any results of the event. Bob Richards Auto Group reserves the right to substitute a comparable vehicle if deemed necessary. Thefollowing are not eligible to participate: Bob Richards Auto Group employees and immediate family, United Way of the CSRA employees and immediate family, and the United Way of the CSRA Board of Directors and immediate family. United Wayof the CSRA is located at 1765 Broad Street, Augusta, Georgia 30904.

Dan Dunn performs at the United Way of the Campaign Kickoff

Dan Dunn performs at the United Way of the Campaign Kickoff. Read More

United Way Of The CSRA Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign

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