United Way celebrates their success

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

LAUREL, MS. (WDAM) - The United Way of the Pine Belt Region honored hundreds of volunteers and fund raisers on Thursday for their hard work in helping the organization exceed their campaign goal.

At the corporate headquarters of Sanderson Farms in Laurel, United Way supporters were given the red carpet treatment during a special luncheon in their honor. The United Way's annual campaign kicked off last fall with a goal of raising 615 thousand dollars. However, the community exceeded that amount and the organization raised 643 thousand dollars in pledges.

Money raised for the United Way of the Pine Region supports twenty local agencies like the Red Cross and Girl Scouts. Robin Robinson is the United Way's Regional Campaign Chair.

Robinson said, "Without the volunteers, we wouldn't have the dollars, without the dollars we couldn't improve the quality of life in our communities. So we are focusing on family, we are focusing on health and we are also focusing on education."

Thursday's event featured a red carpet theme and volunteers received awards or "Oscar's" for their work on behalf of the United Way.

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