United Way Holds Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon


Dale Critz, Jr., 2008 Campaign Chair is pictured with Julie Cyr, Vice President, Resource Development, United Way.
Dale Critz, Jr., 2008 Campaign Chair is pictured with Julie Cyr, Vice President, Resource Development, United Way.

United Way of the Coastal Empire held its 71st Annual Meeting and Award Luncheon today at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. Over 300 people attended the meeting to celebrate United Way’s efforts on behalf of the community.

The celebration also included the induction of new Board members and recognition of community volunteers for their hard work and dedication.

Outgoing Chairman of the Board, Michael Kemp, Senior Vice President, Regional Trust Manager of Synovus Trust Company, shared highlights of the organization’s 2008 accomplishments and details of the investments made in our four county area.

“This is our opportunity to thank all the individuals and businesses that have helped make the United Way fundraising campaign a huge success. We are a better community because of the work of United Way’s agencies and because of the generosity of the Coastal Empire community,” Kemp said.

Kemp recognized outgoing Board members and Committee Chairs and concluded his portion of the program by bestowing the role of United Way’s Chairman of the Board to Steve Eagle, Executive Vice President of Seacrest Partners.

Campaign Chair Dale Critz, Jr., President of Critz, Inc., thanked a number of companies and organizations whose tremendous efforts helped United

Steve Eagle, Executive Vice President of Seacrest Partners, and 2009 United Way Board Chair, is pictured with Jeff Kole, President of Kole Management Company, and 2009 United Way Campaign Chair
Steve Eagle, Executive Vice President of Seacrest Partners, and 2009 United Way Board Chair, is pictured with Jeff Kole, President of Kole Management Company, and 2009 United Way Campaign Chair
Way exceed its $8,288,888 goal in 2008 to support vital programs and initiatives that improve lives in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties.

Among the largest workplace campaigns in 2008 were Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Combined Federal Campaign, City of Savannah, Colonial Group and Georgia Ports Authority.

“We are impressed with the generosity of the community,” said Critz, Jr., as he reflected on his leadership on the United Way campaign last year. “It is very rewarding to witness the high level of caring that exists in this community, and we are very grateful to our volunteers and donors for their exceptional contributions,” he said.

The meeting ended with the introduction of the 2009 Campaign Chair Jeff Kole, President of Kole Management Company. Kole urged every individual to LIVE UNITED in times of need.

“Today we face challenging economic times.

It is in times like these that we need to show our support for organizations working to improve lives in our community.

Many of those facing new hardships include our neighbors, friends, family members and co-workers. We are called upon once again to show our caring support,” Kole said.

Visit www.uwce.org for a complete list of 2009 United Way Board of Directors.

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