Although the campaign continues, the United Way honored its volunteers, supporters and agencies with a reception recently.
Top among those honored was longtime volunteer Hugh Ellis Walker with the President’s Award.
“He is no stranger to the United Way,” said United Way President Shaneca Roberts. “In his 15 years of volunteering he has raised over $64,000.”
Roberts presented Walker with a plaque and much appreciation.
Currently the campaign sits at $113,622.51 or 92.70 percent of its over $122,000 goal and volunteers are planning a tennis tournament on April 6 to help shorten the gap.
Funds raised from the campaign help to support several agencies in Bolivar County, which in turn help local people in need.
Agencies funded include American Red Cross; Boys Scouts, Chickasaw Council; 4-H Clubs of Bolivar County; Helping Hands; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; U.S.O.; Bolivar County Literacy Council; Community Counseling Center; Girl Scouts Heart of the South; Our House, Inc.; Sunny Seniors; and West Bolivar Christian Association.
“These United Way agencies do good work,” said Kevin Cox, fund distribution chair. “They do the work. We’re just support staff for the work they do.”
Cox explained that every year agencies, even those already with United Way, must apply and show how the United Way funds will be used to benefit the people of Bolivar County.
The fund distribution committee examines each application and interviews the agencies.
“These volunteers do an excellent job of getting the best bang for the buck,” said Cox. “Unfortunately we have more needs than funds.”
Others recognized at the reception were the Pacesetter businesses, which start their United Way campaigns early and this year raised over $36,000.
Pacesetters include Atmos of Cleveland, Atmos of Clarksdale, Baxter, The Bolivar Commercial, Entergy, Monsanto and Quality Steel.
Ten businesses raised $65,426.10 toward the campaign. They were Atmos of Cleveland and Clarksdale, Baxter Healthcare, Bolivar Medical Center, Cleveland School District, Cleveland State Bank, Delta State University, Entergy, Kroger, Monsanto and Texas Gas Transmission.
Campaign cabinet members who reached 100 percent of the division goals included: Jurist Green, Education; Laura Giaccaglia, Farming; Todd Fuller, General Business I; Mary Helen Varner, General Business II; Gina M. Jones, Major Firms; Hollie Moore, Professional; Brenett Haynes, Public Service; Geraldine Grammer, Shelby; and Hugh Ellis Walker, Special Gifts II.