The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties has announced a goal of $3 million for the 2011 fundraising campaign, which kicked off at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce August Business Before Hours held at Jason's Deli on Thursday morning.
"I am excited to work with the United Way, its Board of Directors and our dedicated Campaign Cabinet to help our agencies meet their goals and give them the ability to serve their clients," said Tracy Toy, 2011 Campaign Chair. "With the support of our community during our last campaign, we were able to focus on the impact areas of education, income, health and rebuilding lives."
The kick-off announcement also revealed that 13% ($378,958) of the $3 million goal has already been attained through the Pacesetter campaigns, which involves companies and organizations electing to conduct their campaigns prior to Thursday's event in order to kick off the campaign with a portion of the goal already secured. The 2011 Pacesetter campaigns include:
Boys and Girls Clubs of Rutherford County
Cannon County Senior Center
CASA of Rutherford County
Child Advocacy Center
Community Care of Rutherford County
Discovery Center of Murfree Spring
Domestic Violence Program
Exchange Club Family Center, Inc.
First Tennessee Bank
HA Beasley & Company, PC, CPAs
Heritage Farms Dairy, Inc.
Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and The Cumberlands
Riverview Family Chiropractic
Rutherford County Emergency Food Bank
Sam’s Club #6501
Smyrna- LaVergne Food Bank
United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties
United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties Board of Directors
Wal-Mart Super Center Store #5057
Wal-Mart Super Center Store #682
Wal-Mart Super Center Store #406
United Way’s campaign will span through the fall until December, with a celebration event planned for early 2012. The fundraising campaign secures pledges and donations via payroll deduction, cash, check, credit card or by raising funds through a special event or corporate gift.
The funding secured during the campaign will be allocated to 46 local non-profit agencies by more than 80 volunteers during spring 2012.
For more information on becoming involved with the United Way fundraising campaign, please contact (615) 893-7303 or visit www.uwrutherford.org.