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Waynesboro, GA – United Way of the Central Savannah River Area entertained nearly 150 guests today at the Burke County United Way Campaign Kickoff luncheon held at the Augusta Technical College Waynesboro Campus. The “Outer Space” theme of this year’s kickoff was a hit as Scott Elledge addressed the audience dressed as Obi Wan Kanobi from Star Wars. Mr. Elledge, WJBF News Channel 6 and United Way’s 2016 Campaign Co-Chair, encouraged the participants to reach for the stars as they blast off their campaigns to raise $365,000 for Burke County.

United Way’s 2016 Campaign Video, “It’s Time for a New Prerspective”, was premiered at the event. The video encourages everyone to open their eyes and hearts to see the needs of others around them and to give to help change lives for the better.

An award was presented to SGA Elementary School for being the school with the highest increase in giving in 2015.

John Nichols, Purification Cellutions and Burke County Campaign Cabinet Member, thanked the Cabinet members for their hard work and presented them with a special gift. Recipients were: Lindsai Mobley-Gentry, The Mobley-Gentry Firm; Valerie Kirkland, City of Waynesboro; Amy Nunnally, Burke County Board of Education; Ashley Roberts, Burke County Chamber of Commerce; Suzanne Sharkey, Georgia Power; Trinetta Skinner, City of Waynesboro; and Mr. Nichols.

Amy Nunnally, Burke County Board of Education, shared the results of the United Way Stuff the Bus school supply drive at the Waynesboro Walmart on July 30. School supply items were collected at an estimated value of $6,000. Supplies collected will be distributed to students in need of assistance in Burke County. She thanked Walmart and the community for their generous support and encouraged those who have not given to drop off their donations of school supplies or cash at the Burke County Board of Education’s Central Office.

Mr. Pete Cates, Owner of Truflame, spoke briefly about the importance of supporting the local community by giving to United Way and the 46 health and human service programs they help fund. Ms. Tamera Paulus shared her experience as a recipient of services provided through a United Way funded program at Hope House. She shared that when you give to United Way, you are not giving to an agency or a program, you are giving to change the life of people just like her.

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