Central Defense Security kicks off its first United Way fundraising campaign with cookout activities

(From left) Betsy Bauman, Ron Kelly, Tonette Mitchell, Jerrica Love (front), Kenneth Moody (back), Terry Foster and Chassity Pointer

“We are doing this because we want to give back to the community.”

Those were the words of Central Defense Security’s Ron Kelly, Director of Operations, who was cooking some of the tastiest hot dogs and hamburgers in town last weekend to help his organization’s United Way fundraising campaign.

Last Saturday, Central Defense Security (CDS) employees held their first United Way fundraising kickoff. CDS selected several United Way agencies to speak at the gathering, including Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, BRIDGES, Children & Family Services Inc., Comprehensive Counseling, Literacy Mid-South and Search Dogs South.

CDS has become one of the largest security companies in Memphis, serving major office buildings and distribution centers in the area. The company was founded through the merger of two security firms, Defense Systems Group and Maverick Security. CDS manages a crew of 1,000 armed and unarmed security guards for 150 clients at 200 sites.

Craig Weiss

Kenneth Moody, CDS Director of Community Relations and the organization’s United Way’s Employee Campaign Manager, said CDS provides services in Memphis, Little Rock and Nashville and will be expanding to the Dallas/Fort Worth area next month. Craig Weiss, CEO at CDS recently joined the United Way Board of Directors.

Moody said that CDS has been spreading the word about United Way to employees across the organization – which can be a challenge when one considers that their guards work all sorts of different shift schedules, but the organization is making sure employees receive information about United Way’s network and how it helps people across the Mid-South.

CDS employees worked closely with Clint Anderson to create their first-ever fundraising campaign for United Way. Anderson is the Director of Youth United Way and a member of United Way’s fundraising team.

(From left) Kenneth Moody, Ron Kelly, Betsy Bauman serving up some cheeseburgers at CDS kickoff last Saturday.

Moody noted that some of the guards are enrolling in payroll deduction giving, making donations from every paycheck, while others are giving one-time cash donations.

We thank Central Defense Security for such a great kickoff event, and we welcome them to the family of organizations which support United Way across the Mid-South!

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