United Way of Central Georgia announced the largest campaign goal in it’s history. This year, the Board of Trustees hopes to raise $5.2 million to disrupt the cycle of family poverty in central Georgia. The previous fundraising record was set last year at $5,139,778.
UWCG announced the goal at the 2019 Annual Campaign Kickoff Luncheon on Wednesday, August 7th at Hawkins Arena at Mercer University. About 470 people attended the sold-out 2019 Kickoff Luncheon. It was the largest crowd ever. With the high attendance rate for the event and new businesses like Irving Tissue coming to central Georgia, Campaign Chair, Stephen Daugherty, CEO of Coliseum Health System, said this goal is definitely attainable.
“We don’t need to go backwards. There are many in our community that are still struggling to make a decent life for themselves. Those families really need for us to go forward,” said Daugherty. “Quite frankly, I always relish a challenge. That’s $5.2 million worth of hope and help in our community. I am convinced we will not only meet that goal, but exceed it.”
“If we have a poverty rate that’s more than double the national average or we have the majority of our children that aren’t reading at grade level or we have neighborhoods that are food insecure because there are no grocery store they can get to or they are having to sleep outside, that’s not a problem just for them, that’s a problem for all of us,” said George McCanless, President and CEO of United Way of Central Georgia.
The 2019 United Way of Central Georgia Annual Campaign slogan is “All for One, One for All.” The message is that ‘We are all in this together.’ The Annual Kickoff Luncheon is the official start to the 2019 Campaign season.