HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - With a military style boot camp theme, the United Way of Southeast Mississippi, kicked off their annual campaign in downtown Hattiesburg Thursday.
The organization's goal is to raise 1.75 million in it's 2009 through 2010 fundraiser. Money raised during the campaign will go to the United Way's 21 partner agencies in Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties.
Already the organization's pace setters have raised 522 thousand dollars last month in advance of the general campaign, to build up momentum.
Annie Wimbish, Superintendent of the Hattiesburg Public School System, is chair of this year's effort to raise funds. "So it's even more critical than ever that we get more and more people informed, and more and more people involved. And the more people know about what we do and what the agencies do, the more willing they are to support," said Wimbish.
About 250 community members attended the kick off luncheon at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center.
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