United Way kicks off their annual Pacesetter campaign

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The United Way of Southeast Mississippi kicked off their annual Pacesetter campaign Thursday in Hattiesburg.

The organizations Pacesetter's feature eleven local companies that are tasked with setting the pace for the United Way's general fundraising campaign that begins in September.

The Pacesetter's typically raise about forty percent of the entire campaign total. On Thursday, the Pacesetter's were busy formulating their plans for this years effort and getting to know one another.

Money raised through the United Way's annual campaign funds twenty two partner agencies throughout the Pine Belt. Susan Slaughter of Forrest General Hospital's Pine Grove division is chairing the 2011 Pacesetter campaign.

According to Slaughter, "United Way is a wonderful agency. I love the mission of United Way. I love that we serve a greater part of Hattiesburg that we can help some of these agencies carry on their mission and really enhance the quality of life for a lot of people in our community."

The Pacesetter's have one month to reach their fundraising goal. All of the United Way's partner agencies focus on the areas of education, health, and financial stability.

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