United Way has $1.9 million for 21 agencies in Jackson & George counties
PASCAGOULA, Jan 26, 2013 (The Sun Herald - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
United Way of Jackson & George Counties presented its 2012 annual report, and elected officers and directors at its annual meeting Friday in Pascagoula.
In 2012, the agency raised more than $1.9 million that will support 21 member agencies in 2013, of which about $75,000 was awarded in community impact grants to nine organizations.
"We know we would not be able to make these contributions if not for the generous, caring people who continue to support our annual campaign," 2011-12 board President Richard Schenk said in a letter to the community. "We have pushed toward improving the lives of families and residents within our area in order to advance the common good for all in Jackson and George counties."
Schenk said the agency is one of the most "financially healthy in the state.
"We have had the opportunity to expand our support to fellow agencies and affirmed we will be an independent agency for years to come," Schenk said.
The new elected board of directors for 2013 are Richard Lucas, president; Amy Brandenstein, president-elect; Gene Patterson, vice-president of allocations; Ricky Browning, vice-president of campaign; Kelly Sessoms, vice-president of campaign-elect; Monica Cooper, vice-president of communications; Seth Randall, vice-president of finance/treasurer; Dorothy Shaw, vice-president of planning; and Lenore Murray, secretary.
The new executive committee members at large, directors for terms expiring in 2014, 2015 and 2016 also were instated.
"It's an honor and a privilege to hold this position," Lucas said after Schenk passed him the gavel. "The year 2013 will present challenges, and the economy will continue to make it tough to raise funds, but we will press forward."
Lucas said there is an evolution taking place with the United Way of America, and officials will be "monitoring that and making sure Jackson and George counties have a proper United Way here."
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