PACESETTER OF THE YEAR AWARD ANNOUNCED AT CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF
September 25, 2013, Fort Smith – United Way of Fort Smith Area kicked off its 2013 Campaign with a celebration luncheon at the Holiday Inn City Center in Fort Smith. A large crowd attended the event including community leaders, United Way’s leadership, volunteers and agency representatives. United Way Executive Director, Tom Minton gave the welcome and introduction of the volunteer campaign staff. These volunteers are from several local businesses and serve as team leaders during the campaign. He also introduced the video that will be used during this campaign; the title is “Did You Know”. The video addresses input that was received from donors about things they did not know about United Way of Fort Smith Area. You can view the video on the United Way website at www.unitedwayfortsmith.org.
United Way Board Chairman Steve Griffin from Arvest Bank, introduced 2013 Campaign Chairman, Bill Hanesworth. Bill addressed the crowd saying,” One of this year’s goals for our campaign was to raise awareness of United Ways impact in the Arkansas and Oklahoma communities it serves. This need to raise awareness became the genesis for this year’s campaign theme “Did you know?”. It’s simple people want to know how their donations are improving the communities where they live. And why shouldn’t they. ? For example, Did you know that no salaries or administrative expenses are paid out of community donations? It is one reason out of hundreds of examples that we feel United Way is the best investment anyone could make in our community.
USA Truck was named the 2013 Pacesetter of the Year. Points were given if the company met the specified criteria; USA Truck received the highest score. Pacesetters run their campaign during the month of August to help jumpstart the United Way fund drive. Our Pacesetter total to date is $1,046,753.00.
In closing Executive Director, Tom Minton spoke and showed a personal testimonial video from a donor who was provided services by a United Way Agency. Saying “this is why we do what we do”.
The goal of the campaign is to continue meeting the needs of the community. In 2012, the campaign raised over $2.1 million dollars, all of which was reinvested back into the community. The goal for the 2013 campaign is to increase donor participation. If you would like to hold a workplace campaign and help us in our efforts, please call Dee Long or Mitzy Little at 479 782 1311.
Pacesetter companies are: Arkansas Best Corporation; ATU-Ozark Campus; Arvest Bank; AT&T; Baldor Electric Company; BancorpSouth; Benefit Bank; Brown Hiller Clark & Associates; Citizens Bank & Trust; Community National Bank; Experian; Farmers Bank; First National Bank of Fort Smith; Golden Living; Greenwood Public Schools; Hanna Oil & Gas; Kraft/Planters; Liberty Bank of Arkansas; Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Rheem Manufacturing Corporation; Simmons First National Bank; UPS-Fort Smith; UPS-Sallisaw, and USA Truck.