The United Way of Union County recognized the hard work of many campaign volunteers Tuesday at its Annual Meeting and campaign celebration. The 2015-2016 campaign total was also announced – $1,266,086. The United Way board of directors were able to allocate more funds to the 13 partner agencies than ever before.
The United Way of Union County thanked the Loaned Executives from local businesses: Dr. Tim Kirk, SouthArk; Aimee Gentry, BancorpSouth; Amber Cowger, First Financial Bank; Ryan Ragan, El Dorado Chemical; Stephanie Dykes, Simmons First Bank; Rhonda Murry, SouthernBancorp; Seth Bennett, Nexans Amercable; Sarah Wilson, Murphy USA; Linda Goodwin and Lori Goodwin, Clean Harbors; and Mark Young, Chemours.
New board members were elected to serve a minimum of one 3-year term and officers were elected. New board members beginning in 2016 are: Seth Bennett, Nexans AmerCable; Catherine Noyes, Medical Center of South Arkansas; Brian Macconnachie, Great Lakes-Chemtura; Ken Smith, Murphy Oil and Evelyn Wade, First Financial Bank.
New officers for 2016 are: President – David Gasper, Tetra Technologies; Vice-President – Debbie McAdams, El Dorado School Based Health Center and Treasurer – Leslie Carroll, Simmons First Bank.
Retiring board members recognized were Tiffney Hughes, Murphy USA; Julie Mathews, First Financial Bank; Johnny Brewer, Medical Center of South Arkansas; Patty Cardin, Great Lakes-Chemtura and Jarrod Wolfe, Cross Oil.
“Union County is very fortunate to have such generous support of both businesses and individuals who will share their time, talents and resources to improve our community. Their contributions to this campaign will impact many lives in Union County for years to come and help the United Way to partner with agencies that can bring about lasting change for the better,” said Alexis Alexander, Executive Director. “The people of Union County are extremely generous and always willing to lend a hand. We can’t thank them enough for their support again that led to another million-dollar year.”
Originally begun as the El Dorado Community Chest in 1933, the United Way of Union County came into existence in 1962. Their mission is to mobilize the caring power of communities to impact lasting changes - by focusing on the underlying causes of the most serious problems in each community they serve. Since 1950, they have raised almost $30 million to invest in fulfilling their mission in Union County.
For more information call the United Way office at 862-4903.