United Way sets record in pledges

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United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties announced today that $3,419,318.52 was secured in pledges during the 2013 fundraising campaign - a record for the local non-profit.

The announcement was made at the annual Community Celebration, which recognized the achievements of United Way corporate partners and volunteers for the 2013 year. The event was sponsored by Regions Bank, Nissan North America, Inc., Publix Super Markets Charities, St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital, City Auto, Emergency Physicians of St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital, and Embassy Suites.

The United Way also announced that $263,531 was saved by Rutherford and Cannon County residents through United Way’s partnership with the FamilyWize prescription discount program, $161,246 was invested in the community through the value of United Way volunteer hours, and $653,229 was saved by Rutherford and Cannon County residents through the VITA program, a volunteer income tax assistance program. Combined with the efforts of the 2013 fundraising campaign, United Way made a total impact of $4,497,324.52 in Rutherford and Cannon Counties in 2013.

Individuals recognized during the Community Celebration included this year’s Loaned Executives, which are employees from various companies that are loaned to United Way for assistance during the fundraising campaign while the employer continues to pay salary and expenses.
The 2013 Loaned Executives were:
Part-Time Loaned Executives
Jonathan Berezo, General Mills
Laura Bohling, Rutherford County Government
Billy Bruce, UPS
Courtney Chavez, Regions Bank
Tracy Church, Nissan North America, Inc.
Jennifer Copeland, General Mills
Jeff Davidson, Rutherford County Government
Crystal McPherson, SunTrust Bank
Jennifer Meredith, Community Volunteer
Mike Panesi, Bank of America
Joi Sherrill, Keller Williams Realty
Matthew Stump, FirstBank
Media partners, recognized for their contributions in marketing and communications pertaining to United Way over the past year, included:
Cannon Courier
WBRY Radio
The Daily News Journal
The Murfreesboro Post
WGNS Radio
VIP Murfreesboro Magazine
Murfreesboro Magazine
The Fish

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