The United Way of Southeast Mississippi raised more than $1,278,000 during its 2013-14 annual fundraising campaign and, although that was $32,000 short of the goal of $1.31 million, the organization hosted a luncheon Wednesday to thank those who donated or worked to help raise money during that campaign.
An annual meeting and thank you banquet was held at Southern Oaks and Gardens.
During the event, awards were presented to individuals, businesses and other organizations which helped raise money which will be provided to the United Way's partner programs in Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties.
Meanwhile, a search continues for a new executive director for the United Way of Southeast Mississippi. A search committee has been formed to find a replacement for former director Dan Kibodeaux, who stepped down one month ago after leading the organization for nine years.
"We're receiving applications now and that's going well," said Russ Hendley, campaign chairman and incoming president of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi. "We meet again in May, several meetings set up to review those applicants. Our search is across the Southeast, we're looking locally and across the Southeast to find us a new leader to take the United Way to the next level," he said.
Retired Mississippi Power Company executive Mike Collins is currently serving as interim executive director.
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