United Way Of The Coastal Empire Tops Campaign Goal, Raises $8,731,900

Campaign Chair Dale Holloway celebrates victory with team members
Campaign Chair Dale Holloway celebrates victory with team members

Spurred by the generosity of thousands of individuals, companies and organizations, United Way of the Coastal Empire topped its annual fundraising goal of $8,675,000. The total raised is $8,731,900. Campaign Chair Dale Holloway, key account manager of Georgia Power Company, and members of the Campaign Cabinet proudly reported campaign results to a sold out crowd of nearly 500 people at the Victory Celebration November 22, 2013 at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront.

“We had a great year,” Campaign Chair Dale Holloway said. “The United Way is about rallying the community together to help one another. Our top priority has always been to show people the tremendous impact we can have to the lives of families and individuals in our community simply by reaching out to those in need. If we can help one child start school on the track to success or one family to be more financially stable, we can truly make our community a better place to live.”

United Way of the Coastal Empire organizes its campaign under units for industry groups. Unit one, corporate division, led all others with a campaign total of more than $4.6 million. The single largest contribution came from Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and its employees with a total giving of $2.7 million. During the celebration, United Way also honored St. Joseph’s/Candler for conducting an extraordinary campaign, which resulted in an increase of more than $43,000 for a total of 61% over their goal to United Way.

The funds raised by United Way support over 100 programs and services across Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Funds raised will be invested to help children and youth achieve their potential, improve people’s health and wellness, help families and individuals become financially independent and support families and neighborhoods with programs that provide food, clothing, shelter and other basic necessities of life.

United Way of the Coastal Empire thanks Tina Tyus Shaw and Russ Riesinger of WSAV-TV for emceeing the event. Special thanks go out also to Savannah State University Drumline, West Chatham Elementary School and countless community volunteers for making the celebration a great success.

Following is the breakdown of 2013 campaign results by divisions: Unit 1: Corporate — $4,606,477 Unit 2: Services/Transportation — $591,273 Unit 3: Manufacturing/Wholesale/ Retail — $608,073 Unit 4: Public Service — $569,014 Unit 5: Business Development Residential — $832,688 Unit 6: Effingham County — $318,229 Unit 7: Professionals — $303,820 Unit 8: Education — $221,241 Unit 9: Bryan County — $89,064 Unit 10: Combined Federal Campaign — $410,000 Unit 11: Liberty County — $182,021

The mission of United Way of the Coastal Empire is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.

United Way conducts an annual fundraising campaign and invests donor contributions in programs and services within four impact areas: Education & Youth Development, Economic

Independence, Health & Wellness and Basic Human Needs. United Way serves Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties.

United Way is a volunteer driven organization that involves hundreds of community leaders, professionals and other volunteers in every aspect of our business, including fundraising, marketing and funding decisions, to ensure that your donations are truly making a difference.

Thanks to the Herschel V. Jenkins Trust Fund and other income which covers almost all administrative and fund raising costs, donor contributions go to help people in need. In addition, United Way of the Coastal Empire has earned Charity Navigator’s highest level four- star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability for the fifth consecutive year. Only five percent of the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least five consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that United Way of the Coastal Empire is an exceptional organization. For more information, please visit www.uwce.org.

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