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United Way recently entertained almost 150 guests at the 2013 Burke County Campaign Kickoff luncheon. Special entertainment was provided by Jason White, singer, and Tommy Ingram, Christian Comedian. Read More.

UNITED WAY KICKS-OFF BURKE COUNTY CAMPAIGN

Lindsai Mobley-Gentry, Campaign Chair

Lindsai Mobley-Gentry, Campaign Chair

United Way entertained over 150 guests on August 14 at the Burke County United Way Campaign Kickoff luncheon held at the Augusta Technical College Waynesboro campus.   The “Kentucky Derby” theme of this year’s kickoff was a hit as Campaign Chair Tom Blanchard encouraged the participants to join in the ‘Run for the Money’ as we attempt to raise $239,500 for Burke County.

Tommy Ingram, a local Christian Comedian, entertained the crowd with his amazing humor.  He encouraged everyone to work together to help those who are most in need in our community.  Several members of Burke County High School’s JROTC Color Guard were in attendance to present the colors, and Jason White, a local/songwriter was on hand to sing the National Anthem. Members of the audience also previewed the 2013 Campaign Video, “Impacting Lives Through the Caring Power of Community”.

Lindsai Mobley-Gentry, the 2013 Campaign Cabinet Chair, introduced the Burke County Campaign Cabinet members:  Beverly Black, Capital City Bank; DeAndre Davis, Communities in Schools of Burke County; Valerie Kirkland, City of Waynesboro; John Nichols, Purification Cellutions; Amy Nunnally, Burke County Board of Education; Ashley Roberts, Burke County Chamber of Commerce; Suzanne Sharkey, Georgia Power; and Trinetta Skinner, City of Waynesboro.

Tom Blanchard, Executive Vice President, Blanchard & Calhoun, and United Way’s 2013 Campaign Chair, stated, “United Way’s impact in the community can be seen by the success of the programs it funds and the lives that are changed in our community. The dollars raised through your company’s campaign make a difference every day.”  He also said, “We see the needs continue to grow, and we must all work together to succeed.  Our success is not just a dollar figure, our success is the countless number of lives that will be touched next year by a community working together.”

WJBF News Channel 6 News Anchor, Jennie Montgomery and Brad Usry, presided over the event sponsored by Southern Nuclear Operating Company.  Other sponsors included Capital City Bank,  Augusta Technical College – Waynesboro Campus, and DJ Productions. The event entertained local community and business leaders, health and human service agencies, government officials, and representatives from many Burke County businesses.

United Way hosted the 2013 Campaign Kickoff on August 26 and treated almost 600 guests to “Derby Day” festivities, including a horse race won by Palmetto GBA’s entry, “Gabba Gabba”.

UNITED WAY HOSTS 2013 CAMPAIGN KICKOFF

United Way entertained almost 600 guests on August 26 at the 2013 Campaign Kickoff.  Hosted at Bell Auditorium, the Kickoff was presented through the generosity of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, American Family Insurance, Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Georgia Power, and University Health Care System.  Jennie Montgomery and Brad Means of WJBF News Channel 6 presided over the event.

This year’s themed event was revealed as “United Way Derby Day” with guests being encouraged to strive for the “Triple Crown”.  The winner will be announced in February 2014 at United Way’s Annual Meeting.  Winners of the “Triple Crown” must win in three categories:  best model campaign, highest percentage of increase in per capita giving, and greatest percentage of increase in employee participation.

Eleven companies were recognized for running Pacesetter Campaigns this year, campaigns which were launched prior to the Kickoff:  Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce; Fuller, Frost & Associates; Macy’s; Palmetto GBA; Sam’s Club; Savannah River Remediation, LLC; Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta and the CSRA, Georgia, Inc.; Target; United Way Board of Directors; United Way Staff; and Walmart.

Guests were treated to a Derby race with five of the Pacesetter companies contending for the prize.  The winners of the race were:  1st Place – “Gabba Gabba” (Palmetto GBA), 2nd Place – “Savvy River Rascals” (Savannah River Remediation), and 3rd Place – “Here Comes Granny” (Senior Citizens Council), with “Got Your Number” (Fuller, Frost & Associates) and “Grand Poobah” (United Way Board of Directors) coming in at 4th and 5th place.
(Pictured Left to right: Shelia Stuberfield, Trinetta Skinner, and Beverly King)
With guests dressed in Derby attire, United Way also presented awards for the “Best Derby Hat/Attire”.  Winners were announced as:  Third Place, Shelia Stuberfield from First Bank (left); Second Place, Trinetta Skinner from City of Waynesboro (center); and First Place, Beverly King from CSRA EOA (right).

Zack Daffin, United Way’s 2013 Board Chair, presented United Way Worldwide’s “Spirit of America – Summit Awards” to Bank of America, Comcast, and Wells Fargo.  This is United Way Worldwide’s highest national honor recognizing corporations and their employees for exceptional philanthropic commitment and community involvement.

Tom Blanchard, United Way’s 2013 Campaign Chair, announced United Way’s 2013 campaign goal of $4.1 million.  He challenged everyone to consider giving back and to work throughout the coming months to make this goal a reality by running their best campaign ever. 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 12 weeks helping to run campaigns throughout the community.  This year’s Loaned Professionals include:  Ryan Brewer; Ashley Hill Key with Southern Nuclear Operating Company; Richard Hillman with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; Larry Laughlin, Retired; and Michele O’Shaughnessy with U.S. Department of Energy.  Georgia Bank & Trust Company graciously agreed to provide a sponsorship for the LP program.

5th Annual School Supply Drive Is A Tremendous Success!

United Way would like to thank the community for an A+ turnout for our recent STUFF THE BUS school supply drives on July 26 at The Kroc Center and July 27 at Walmart in Waynesboro. Planning for the event began in May, when local businesses were invited to conduct school supply drives and bring their collected items to one of the Stuff the Bus events. Individuals and families were also invited to participate.

Almost 40 companies donated supplies, including: A.B. Beverage Co., ADP, American Family Insurance, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary,
Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union, AWP, Covidien, CSRA Credit Union, Delta Air Lines, Electrolux, Friendship Community Center,
General Dynamics. Georgia Bank & Trust, Health South/Walton Rehabilitation, International Paper, Mom’s Club of Augusta, Office Depot,
Paine College, Palmetto GBA, Publix Super Markets, Sheraton Hotel, SME, Solvay Specialty Polymers, Staples, Walmart at Bobby Jones, and WJBF News Channel 6.

Sponsors for the event were The Augusta Chronicle, Border Bash Foundation, and WJBF News Channel 6 and their Giving Your Best Parnters – Georgia Bank & Trust, Health South/Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, and Solvay Specialty Polymers.

Ms. La Verne Gold, President/CEO of United Way of the CSRA said, “With many local families living at the poverty level, acquiring supplies for the new school year poses a real problem. United Way and our partners wanted to do something to help, and we believed that the community would rally together to help those in need if given the opportunity. The generosity of these communities certainly exceeded our greatest expectations.”

School buses from Richmond, Columbia, and Burke Counties were filled with supplies (over 10,000 items). The estimated value of supplies received to date is over $21,000.  All the donated supplies were distributed to children in Richmond, Columbia, Burke, Jefferson, and Lincoln Counties.

Thank you, CSRA, for making the fifth annual STUFF THE BUS school supply drive a tremendous success, and thank you for Living United!

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2013 Campaign Video – Impacting Lives