Highlights from United Way Day of Caring 2012 kickoff rally

Joe DiNicolantonio

Chairman thanks volunteers and early campaigns
This morning’s Day of Caring kickoff rally started with a bang as General Campaign Chairman Joe DiNicolantonio (Regions) thanked volunteers from across the Mid-South who came together to perform work at nonprofits across the area.

The rally at Cummings Street Baptist Church at 8800 Winchester Road in Memphis  brought hundreds of volunteers together, while additional hundreds started work at nonprofits in other counties. All totaled, nearly 1,500 volunteers are participating in United Way Day of Caring activities at nonprofits across the Mid-South today.

Our thanks to the volunteers from organized labor, businesses, faith-based groups, students, and private citizens who are serving as United Way Day of Caring volunteers across our region on this special day. Music was provided by “The Sensations” singers.

Early campaigns get the drive off to a great start
In addition to recognizing the volunteer teams, DiNicolantonio shared news about early fundraising results for this year’s United Way campaign. Representatives from Sam’s Town Casino, Regions Bank, International Paper and FedEx presented gifts and early results with the audience.

Sam’s Town presented early results of $43,944 to date with more being raised as the campaign continues.

Regions Bank has raised $280,000 in corporate and employee gifts for the 2012 campaign, an increase of 20% over the great campaign in 2011.

International Paper, which started their campaign just earlier this week, has already raised in excess of $1 million in corporate and employee gifts.

FedEx presented a corporate gift of $1 million as their campaign begins, and will host a special 5K Fun Run for United Way on Sunday at Shelby Farms beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The G. Bradley Wanzer Award For Excellence presented to The Exchange Club Family Center
The Exchange Club Family Center was recognized as the recipient of this year’s United Way G. Bradley Wanzer, Jr., Award For Excellence during a ceremony led by Bradley Wanzer (son of G. Bradley Wanzer) and Sally Wanzer (wife of G. Bradley Wanzer).

The Award focuses on a nonprofit’s work in:

– Accountability
– Collaborations with other nonprofits
– Outcome measurements
– Partnership with United Way

Barbara King, Executive Director of the Exchange Club Family Center thanked the Wanzer Family, the panel of judges and United Way for the honor of being chosen this year.

Photos of Day of Caring volunteers in action provided by our friends at Volunteer Mid-South on facebook and twitter
If you haven’t seen these yet, be sure to check out the great group of photos taken by our friends at Volunteer Mid-South that are being posted to our facebook fan page today. If you want to share your photos from Day of Caring in our area, please feel free to (in fact we’re encouraging it)! If you are on twitter, use #DayOfCaringMidSouth to let us know what you are doing today as a Day of Caring volunteer.

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