“This is going to be a great countdown meeting!” said United Way’s 2013-14 General Campaign Chairman Bruce Hopkins.
Hopkins, President, West Tennessee Region for First Tennessee Bank, hosted the meeting to cheers from United Way staff and Loaned Executives.
“I’ve been doing this for years and I salute all of you who are getting out there and running successful campaigns,” Hopkins said. “First Tennessee has a long history with United Way. I feel honored to be standing here with you all and working to make our community an even better place to live.”
Major recognition went out to FedEx, who raised $30,000 from a recent 5k Fun Run Walk last September.
In spite of closing their doors for good recently, Paslode, a business specializing in the development and manufacturing of nail guns with a plant in Covington, Tennessee generously gave to United Way this year. The company’s generosity during a shutdown is a remarkable testimony to their employees’ generosity and spirit of goodwill for the Mid-South.
Other notable tidbits from campaigns around the Mid-South included information about the campaign kickoffs at Accredo and Electrolux.
Union representative Courtney Linwood discussed the Memphis AFC/CIO Labor Union’s efforts to raise money for United Way. Linwood talked about the importance of labor unions in our effort, helping get the word out to workers who are part of organized labor across the region.
Staff and Loaned Executives shared insights about the fundraising work at First Tennessee/First Horizon, International Paper, Buckman Labs, Carrier, BNSF Railway and Enterprise Holdings.