United Way celebrates community support
Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:25 p.m.
United Way of Etowah County on Thursday celebrated the kindness and generosity it’s been shown by the community.
The organization revealed during a luncheon at Convention Hall that it raised $1,380,519 in 2013 through a myriad of sources. Contributors included private companies, school districts, other nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies.
Scott Hindsman, master of ceremonies, said he was proud of Etowah County’s support
United Way kicks off 2013 campaign
The United Way of Etowah County celebrated its 2013 Campaign Kickoff on Thursday with a military-themed gala at Convention Hall.
The event began with Gadsden State Community College Vice President Valerie Richardson, the 2013 campaign chair, leading United Way officers into the building with a military cadence. Gadsden City High School's Junior ROTC presented the colors, and Master of Ceremonies Scott Hindsman told stories and jokes about his time in the Navy.
Local songstress Kate Falcon sang the national anthem and "God Bless America," and one of her own singles, "I can."
At the gala, Bob Guyton spoke about the huge success of the Day of Action on June 14, where 490 volunteers contributed 1,960 volunteer hours to help around the community.
Guyton said the turnout was so big that the United Way expanded to include other community nonprofits like Imagination Place, all three branches of the Gadsden Public Library and the Etowah Pregnancy Testing Center.
United Way celebrated the fact it has raised more than $250,000 from its Pacesetter companies and showcased two examples of the good those funds can do.
Aaron is one of 166 children who are developmentally delayed in some way.
The United Way has helped fund Hand in Hand, the center that has helped him and others. Hand in Hand has helped Aaron learn to communicate better. He soon will be attending a learning center and will attend Glencoe Elementary when he turns 5.
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