United Way of Central Alabama launches largest summer fundraising campaign in its history

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Jill Deer, Jeff Stone and Lou Lacey at the 2019 Pacesetter Kickoff. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Last week, the United Way of Central Alabama kicked off their 2019 Pacesetter Campaign with 71 companies and a fundraising goal of $13,500,000.

Led by Jill Deer, vp of planning, administration, and risk at Brasfield & Gorrie, this year’s summer campaign represents two firsts for the organization – the largest number of companies /organizations participating and the largest goal in the summer campaign’s history.

Jill Deer announcing the 2019 Pacesetter Goal. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Jeff Stone, executive vice president, Brasfield & Gorrie, and 2019 United Way Campaign Chair commenting on Deer’s ambitious goal, “My hope is when we get near the end of the campaign, we can say we truly made a difference in our community and lived united.”

Campaign Runs from June to July

The Pacesetter campaign will run through June and July and precedes the larger United Way fundraising campaign happening in the fall.

At the recent campaign kickoff held at the Florentine in downtown Birmingham, Lou Lacey, Director of Emotional Wellness at Children’s of Alabama, delivered an emotional testimony about her long-standing history with United Way, which started in 1982 when she became a client at a United Way funded agency.

She said the volunteer who helped her had such a significant impact on her life, she became a United Way volunteer and eventually worked at two UWCA partner agencies, the Crisis Center and Children’s of Alabama. “These lessons describe the whole premise of United Way, which is, let’s come together and do things that matter to help one another.”

Deer also introduced the 2019 Pacesetter Loaned Executives and the 2019 Pacesetter Class.

2019 Pacesetter Loaned Executives

Janis Evans- United Way of Central Alabama
Katy Galloway – United Way of Central Alabama
LaDonna Ford – United Way of Central Alabama
Otis Jones -Alabama Power Company
David Miller – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
Darrius Robinson – Brasfield & Gorrie
Josh Sigler – United Way of Central Alabama

Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

The record setting 2019 Pacesetter Class of 2019

Alabama Possible, Altec Inc., American Red Cross, America’s First Federal Credit Union, Arc of Walker County, Argent Financial Group, Arlington Properties, Inc., AutoTec, Avadian Credit Union, Balch & Bingham LLP, Barze Taylor Noles Lowther LLC, Bayer Properties LLC, BB&T, Berkley Industrial Comp, Bhate Environmental Associates, BioHorizons Inc., Blount County Children’s Center, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Buffalo Rock Company, Burr & Forman LLP, Byars-Wright, Cadence Bank, Cobbs Allen, Concepts & Associates, Drummond Company, Dunn Investment Company, EGS Commercial Real Estate, Encompass Health Corporation, Ernst & Young LLP, First US Bank, Gateway, Goodwyn Mills Cawood, Graham & Company/GCP, Grandview Medical Center, Harbert Management Corporation, IBERIABANK, ITAC Solutions, J. Kassouf & Co, Legacy YMCA, M W Davis Dumas & Associates, Marsh Rickard & Bryan PC, Mauldin & Jenkins, Mayer, Maynard Cooper & Gale PC, McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc., McWane, Inc., National Bank of Commerce, Navigate Affordable Housing Partners, O’Neal Industries, Orchestra Partners, Pearce, Bevill, Leesburg, Moore PC, PRADCO Outdoor Brands, Red Diamond Inc., Renasant Bank, Robins & Morton, ServisFirst Bank, Sirote & Permutt PC, Specification Rubber Products, Target, The Collateral Family of Companies, Timberline Management, United Ability, United Way of Central Alabama, Inc., University of Alabama Birmingham, Vulcan Materials, Warren Averett, LLC.

Serving the Needs of the 5 County Region

Anna Cobb, Regions Bank and Caroline Bolvig, vp major gifts United Way. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

United Way of Central Alabama serves Jefferson, Shelby, Walker, Blount, and St. Clair counties by providing solutions for the most important needs in the community. Through our partner agencies and community initiatives, we improve lives and community conditions by building and mobilizing resources. United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. For more information visit www.UWCA.org

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Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.