United Way Women’s Legacy Council Raises $30,554 To Help Low-income Women

Connie Farmer Ray presents check to Dale Holloway, Chairman United Way
Connie Farmer Ray presents check to Dale Holloway, Chairman United Way

Through the generosity of hundreds of caring women in the Coastal Empire community, United Way Women’s Legacy Council raised a record breaking $30,554 in its 5th Annual Give-A-Way project. Funds raised will be used to provide CAT bus passes and transportation assistance for women who do not have a car or other means to access programs and services in our community, such as a local food bank, health services, childcare and life skills training classes.

Leading this dynamic group is Connie Farmer Ray, President and CEO of Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners. She thanked members of Women’s Legacy Council for their hard work and generosity and presented a check to Dale Holloway, Chair of 2013 United Way Campaign. The funds raised represent the first dollar in toward the 2013 campaign.

During the check presentation, Farmer Ray gave special thanks to Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and Sun- Trust Bank, Savannah which each contributed $5,000 and $2,500 respectively. “When a network of caring women join together to create opportunities for a better life for all, anything is possible,” says Connie Farmer Ray, Chair of United Way Women’s Legacy Council. “Our members share a demonstrated commitment to address challenges facing low-income women in our community. I am very pleased that the funds raised will be used to empower women to improve their lives,” says Farmer Ray. She further encouraged members to continue their work in advocating on behalf of issues facing women.

United Way Women’s Legacy Council was founded in 2009 to bring local women leaders together to invest philanthropically in helping one another. Growing from a founding group of 10 members to its current ranks of 150 local women, the giving circle members have each contributed $1,200 or more annually to United Way.

The Give-A-Way fundraising drive officially kicked off on Mother’s Day (May 12, 2013) and culminated on Father’s Day (June 16, 2013) with a goal of $25,000. To date, Give-A-Way has raised over $90,000 since its inception. Give-A-Way donations will be used to provide funds for transportation and Chatham Area Transit (CAT) bus passes for low-income women who are being served through United Way programs and services.

United Way sincerely thanks SunTrust Bank, Savannah for hosting the luncheon to announce the results of the Give-A-Way project.

For more information or to learn about becoming a member of the United Way Women’s Legacy Council, please contact Julie Cyr, Vice President of Resource Development, at 912.651.7714 or jcyr@uwce.org.

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