United Way announced the Mid-South community has raised over $25.1 million to improve local education, financial stability and health last Thursday during its Campaign Celebration and Annual Meeting at The Peabody in Memphis, TN.
United Way of the Mid-South’s General Campaign Chairman Joe DiNicolantonio (Executive Vice President & West Tennessee Area President for Regions Bank) was thanked for his leadership, hard work and expertise to raise funds across the eight-county metro area. The fundraising drive continues for several weeks as some organizations are still wrapping up campaign efforts this Spring. DiNicolantonio, unable to attend due to illness, provided campaign data to MLGW President Jerry Collins (a past United Way General Campaign Chairman and a member of its Board of Directors) who shared the most current results with the audience.
“Raising this much while the strength of our national and local economy is still very uncertain is a significant accomplishment. Joe DiNicolantonio, his campaign cabinet team and the volunteers and staff he’s leading are to be congratulated for their outstanding work and this strong total,” said Bryce Haugsdahl, President of United Way of the Mid-South.
(See slides from the meeting including the Top 20 giving organizations across the Mid-South in a multi-page Adobe Acrobat PDF document here.)
The meeting was opened with a welcome from United Way’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Martha Perine Beard (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Memphis Branch). Perine Beard also introduced special guest speaker Mayor A C Wharton from the City of Memphis and the morning’s pledge of allegiance, which was performed on behalf of Organized Labor by Irvin Calliste of the Memphis AFL-CIO Labor Council. The invocation prayer was led by Jody Johnson from Memphis Union Mission.
Additional information about the fundraising campaign was provided by Mari Armour from Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center and Charlie Maxwell from Raymond James. Armour presented information about the organizations with the largest increases in giving over the previous year and Maxwell saluted the top per capita giving organizations across the Mid-South. Both categories are important measures for the quality of local campaigns. Armour and Maxwell are members of the United Way Board of Directors, and Maxwell is Chairman of the Investment Committee.
United Way also provided information about its ongoing Strategic Plan work in a presentation from Lee Meredith from WMC TV 5. Meredith’s presentation highlighted the four main strategies United Way is using to increase its ability to work with volunteers and organizations to impact the Mid-South’s priority issues. Meredith is Chairman of the Strategic Plan Implementation Committee and also serves as Marketing and Communications Chairman for United Way.
Leaders of two United Way partner agencies also spoke about United Way’s work to help improve education and combat domestic violence and child abuse. Marlon Foster from Knowledge Quest, Inc. and Barbara King from the Exchange Club Family Center also cited numbers showing how gifts to United Way impact lives across the Mid-South.
United Way also announced new members of its volunteer Board of Directors and thanked retiring Board members for their service in a presentation from Nominating Committee Chairman Bill Logue (FedEx).
Spotlight: The Top 5 United Way
fundraising campaign organization contributions
2. Combined Federal Campaign (federal govt. employees)
3. International Paper Company
4. First Tennessee & FTN Financial
5. Youth Villages