2013 is a momentous year for United Way of the Coastal Empire. It’s the year that the organization celebrates its 75 years of improving lives in the Coastal Empire community. More than 300 community volunteers and supporters took the time on Wednesday, April 3 to mark the history and reflect on a year that has been blessed by great achievements at the 75th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. The celebration which was held at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront also honored remarkable individuals and thanked countless companies and organizations that have given their time and resources to United Way.
Outgoing Board Chair Cathy Hill proudly highlighted the work United Way has done throughout the past year and expressed gratitude to volunteers for their dedicated service to the community through United Way. “The 75th is an opportunity to celebrate the rich legacy of our past while at the same time, focusing on our unique position to impact the future of our community,” said Hill. “I have never had greater pride in our accomplishments and our footprint across the four county communities.” Cathy Hill is vice president of Georgia Power Company’s coastal region.
Some highlights of United Way’s achievements include: • Exceeded 2012 campaign goal, raised over $9 million; • Invested in 119 programs which represent nearly 70 non-profit organizations; • Increased volunteer capacity by 33 percent over prior year, mobilizing more than 8,000 volunteers in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties;
Hill also recognized outgoing Board members and concluded her portion of the program by bestowing the role of United Way’s Chairman of the Board to Jeff Kole, President of Kole Management Company. He and his team of volunteers helped raise over $8 million during one of the toughest economic times in recent history.
Also during Wednesday’s event, United Way of the Coastal Empire’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the nomination of seven community leaders to serve on the Board of Directors, as well as its slate of executive committee members for 2013.
The new board members are: Jason Buelterman, City of Tybee; Trey Cook, Savannah Tire; Terry Enoch, Savannah Impact; District Attorney Meg Heap, Chatham County Government; Toby Moreau, BB&T; Commission Chairman Al Scott, Chatham County Government; and Ralph Stegner, International Paper.
For more information about United Way of the Coastal Empire, visit www.uwce.org.