United Way of Central Alabama tops 2018 fundraising goal

United Way of Central Alabama members of the 2018 Loaned Executive Class. Photo courtesy of United Way

Central Alabama continues its strong backing for critical programs and initiatives supported by United Way through another successful fundraising campaign.

2018 Volunteer Campaign Chairman, Alan Register, REGIONS, proudly announced on Thursday night at a volunteer recognition celebration, that the 2018 goal of $38,000,000 was met. This reflects pledge estimates and not the final results of companies that are still conducting campaigns or individuals who have not renewed pledges in writing.

“Congratulations Birmingham and Central Alabama. We have once again proven that we are a brother’s keeper community,” said Register, reacting to meeting the campaign goal.

This summer Kennon Walthall, Senior Vice President, Avenue Insights & Analytics led a Pacesetter Campaign with over 62 companies. They set a goal of $12,900,000 and exceeded that goal raising $13,560,774 Those pledges will put United Way over one-third of the way toward meeting its goal. Walthall was presented the Mervyn Sterne Award for exceptional campaign performance by a campaign team. 

Alan Register and Kennon Walthall at the United Way Campaign celebration

Abigail Jacobs, Spire, was voted the Crawford T. Johnson Loaned Executive of the Year by UW staff and other Loaned Executives. The votes were based on attitude, effort and professional growth during the campaign. 

Drew Langloh, President and CEO of United Way of Central Alabama summed up why the campaign matters and the work ahead.

“The focus is often how much money we raised. For me the money represents the thousands of lives that are going to be helped and changed because of generous people.”

 

Photo of the United Way Allocation meeting. Tracy Morant Adams, Renasant Bank and United Way’s Sara Newell, Sr. VP Community Initiatives led the decision making process. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama

Allocation Team meets

The day after the campaign announcement, United Way of Central Alabama Allocation Team volunteers from a five county area to allocate the funds raised to over 80 United Way agencies and programs. Since 1923, United Way of Central Alabama has proudly supported a network of health and human service organizations that meet the needs in our communities.

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