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United Way campaign gets a head start

The Pacesetters of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi kicked off their fundraising campaigns Tuesday at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at the University of Southern Mississippi. The Pacesetters of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi kicked off their fundraising campaigns Tuesday at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at the University of Southern Mississippi.

The Pacesetters of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi kicked off their fundraising campaigns Tuesday at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Eleven organizations are participating in this year's campaign and hope to raise forty percent of the overall total funds.

"Mississippi continues to rank number one in per capita giving," says Pacesetter chairman Billy Browning. "It happens right here in Forrest and Lamar Counties."

Last year the United Way campaign raised $1.4 million, with $555,000 of that coming from the Pacesetters.

"I heard somebody tell me not too long ago that I really wouldn't want to live in a place that didn't have a strong United Way," says United Way Executive Director Dan Kibodeaux. "It's a symbol of how people care about the community, how people give back to their community."

The annual, community-wide campaign will begin September 5 where the Pacesetters will report their campaign results.

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