Aloha! United Way staff start internal fundraising drive with Hawaiian fun & shirt donation

Every year, the first fundraising drive in United Way of the Mid-South’s region-wide campaign takes place with the organization’s own employees.

United Way luau theme

United Way's internal fundraising drive has a luau theme this year

“When you see the generous giving that takes place during our internal fundraising drive, you get a great idea of how dedicated our staff is to United Way’s work of improving local education, financial stability and health,” said Dave Skorupa, United Way’s VP of Communications.

Every member of the United Way staff is a Leadership Giver (donating $500 or more a year) and a few are Tocqueville Society members (giving $10,000 or more a year).


United Way staff (from left) Audrey Brooks, Richard Champlin, Bryce Haugsdahl and Doug Byrnes show off their Hawaiian dancing "skills" with a hula performance.

The UW employee campaign kicked off yesterday with a “luau” theme that saw staff wearing Hawaiian prints and flowery patterns. Island decorations helped give our boardroom a tropical feel, adding to the fun.

King and Haugsdahl

Barbara King, Executive Director of Exchange Club Family Center, with UW President Bryce Haugsdahl

As an example of how a gift to United Way’s network impacts many important issues that are close to everyone’s heart, Barbara King, Executive Director of the Exchange Club Family Center shared how her organization helps provide healing and prevention in the area of domestic violence and child abuse.

The staff campaign will also feature games and activities before wrapping up with the announcement of the grand total on Friday afternoon. (A list of UW employees serving on the internal campaign committee appears at the end of this article.)

SRVS receives shirts

Haugsdahl (center, under clock) and SRVS Executive Director Jeffrie Bruton (second from right) with SRVS clients, enjoying shirts donated by United Way staff

United Way staff also provided a donation of shirts to our friends at Shelby Residential and Vocational Services (SRVS) yesterday. United Way President Bryce Haugsdahl presented the shirts to Jeffrie Bruton, Executive Director of SRVS and several SRVS clients yesterday afternoon. Haugsdahl and Bruton also discussed the wonderful expansion work taking place at SRVS, which will allow the United Way partner agency to more comfortably and effectively serve Mid-South clients with mental and developmental challenges.

United Way’s internal campaign committee
Committee Chairman:
Brian Fiorino
Committee Members (alpha by last name):
Doug Byrnes
Christy Bradley
Audrey Brooks
Richard Champlin
Sheila Conard
Denise Demby
Chris Eggleston
Andrea Gehrett
Loretta Hurt
Matt King
Helen Lemons
Bob Mebane
Donna Owens
Dynnice Perry
Stacey Reinke
Uretha Smith
Hattie Williams
And special thanks to our University of Memphis interns:
Korminique Pete and Arica Upshaw

(Note: Paul Smothers contributed to this story)

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