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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.