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United Way of the CSRA entertained nearly 150 guests on August 9, 2017, at the 15th Annual Burke County Kickoff Luncheon held at the Augusta Technical College Waynesboro Campus.  The “Carnival” theme of this year’s luncheon was a hit.  Mr. Tom Blanchard, United Way’s 2017 Campaign Chair, thanked the local businesses for raising over $350,000 last year.  

United Way’s 2017 Campaign Video, “Imagine”, was premiered at the event.  The video encourages everyone to imagine the community without the aid of the local health and human service programs, without United Way, and without the many supporters who all come together to help change lives for the better…and then to imagine a community where everyone does their part to help improve conditions in Burke County…does their part to make Burke County a better place to live, work and raise our families.  

Suzanne Sharkey, Georgia Power 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;  Trinetta Skinner, City of Waynesboro; John Nichols, Purification Cellutions; Laura McKerley, Deloach-McKerley-Prescott Funeral Home; and Mrs. Sharkey.    

Ms. Sharkey also shared the results of the United Way Stuff the Bus school supply drive at the Waynesboro Walmart on July 22.  School supply items that were collected that day had an estimated value of $3,300.  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.

Chaplain Brennan Francois, Founder and CEO of the public speaking organization, DYNAMIC LIVING, inspired, motivated and challenged everyone about the importance of supporting the local community. Ms. Mikey Coffman shared her experience as a recipient of services provided through a United Way funded program at Friendship Community Center.  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  Company.  Other sponsors included Augusta Technical College – Waynesboro Campus and D.J. Productions. The event entertained local community and business leaders, health and human service agencies, government officials, and representatives from many Burke County businesses.

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