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At the 2014 CSRA Campaign Kickoff, United Way encouraged almost 600 guests to unleash their inner superhero to help raise $4.25 million for the needs of the local community.

United Way of the Central Savannah River Area entertained almost 600 guests on August 25, 2014 at the 2014 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, Bienvenidos Press, 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 “Unleash Your Super Hero” with guests being encouraged to join United Way’s GIVING LEAGUE” and answer the call to help raise $4.25 Million for the needs of the local community. Several costumed Superheroes (United Way’s Board members and President) were on hand to add to the excitement of the event: Bat Man – Scott Johnson, Bat Girl – Alice Frye, Superman – Tony Robinson, Wonder Woman – Faye Hargrove, and Catwoman – LaVerne Gold.

Ten companies were recognized for running Pacesetter Campaigns this year, campaigns which were launched prior to the Kickoff: Georgia Regents Health System, Georgia Regents University – Augusta, Palmetto GBA, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Savannah River Remediation, Target, United Way of the CSRA Board of Directors, UPS, and Walmart.

Zack Daffin, United Way’s 2014 Board Chair, presented United Way Worldwide’s “Outstanding Strategic Partner” awards to six local companies. This past May, United Way Worldwide recognized these companies nationally for creating sustainable, positive changes in local communities worldwide in the areas of education, income and health. Companies receiving the award included: AT&T, Bank of America, Procter & Gamble, Publix Super Markets, UPS, and Wells Fargo. United Way thanked them for their exceptional philanthropic commitment and community involvement locally.

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 Richard Hillman with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; Bonita Jefferies Jenkins with Augusta Technical College; Larry Laughlin, Retired; and Rita Stubblefield with U.S. Department of Energy. Georgia Bank & Trust Company and Georgia Power graciously agreed to provide a sponsorship for the LP program.

Dr. Faye Hargrove, United Way’s 2014 Campaign Chair, addressed the audience dressed as Wonder Woman. She challenged everyone to, “Unleash your Superhero. Grab your cape and join the United Way Giving League. We are looking for local heroes who will help us achieve our goal. Give, Advocate, Volunteer, and above all else, be generous. Generosity is your greatest weapon against illiteracy, poverty, crisis, and so much more. Help us to make an impact in the lives of CSRA residents by giving your best!”

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Burke County entertained over 150 guests at their Campaign Kickoff on August 13, 2014 and announced the Burke County campaign goal of $310,500.

United Way of the Central Savannah River Area entertained over 150 guests on August 13, 2014 at the Burke County United Way Campaign Kickoff luncheon held at the Augusta Technical College Waynesboro campus. The “Superhero” theme of this year’s kickoff was a hit as Campaign Chair Dr. Faye Hargrove encouraged the participants to unleash their internal super hero to help raise $310,500 for Burke County.

Burke County High School’s Band was on hand to entertain the guests with several superhero tunes. Members of the audience also previewed United Way’s 2014 Campaign Video, “You and United Way….Changing Lives”.

Lindsai Mobley-Gentry, the 2014 Burke County Campaign Cabinet Chair, thanked the Burke County Campaign Cabinet members for their hard work and presented them with awards. Receiving awards were: Beverly Black, Capital City Bank; DeAndre Davis; 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.

Ashley Smith Robinson shared her story of being held hostage by alleged courtroom killer Brian Nichols. After watching the murder of her first husband, Ashley had eventually turned to drugs for comfort. After losing custody of her six year old daughter, she was working towards getting her life back on track when Brian Nichols took her hostage for seven hours in her apartment in Atlanta. She said she survived by turning to God and allowing Him to lead her. Today, Ashley is remarried and is the mother of three beautiful children. She is a public speaker and the author of the New York Times bestseller, “Unlikely Angel”, which inspired the movie “Captive”, coming to theaters in the spring of 2015.

Dr. Faye Hargrove of Hargrove Leadership Services and United Way’s 2014 Campaign Chair addressed the audience dressed as Wonder Woman. She presented an award to Burke County High School for being the school with the highest increase in giving. Mr. Sam Adkins, Principal, received the award for the school. An award was also presented to Mr. Willie Brown with the Burke County Board of Education who has supplied a bus for the Stuff the Bus school supply drive for the past six years. Dr. Hargrove encouraged guests to unleash their super hero by Giving, Advocating, and Volunteering to make an impact in the lives of local Burke County residents.

WJBF News Channel 6 News Anchor, Brad Means, 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.