United Way "Pacesetters" to help fundraising campaign

An early effort to help the annual United Way fundraising campaign in Hattiesburg has begun.

Today, the "Pacesetters" met to kick-off their individual fundraising efforts at the Dubard School for Language Disorders on the Southern Miss campus.  The school is one of 21 Hattiesburg-area agencies aided by the United Way.

These "Pacesetters" are organizations or businesses that do just that...set the pace for the annual campaign weeks before it officially begins.

"They've agreed to go ahead and launch their campaign early, turn-in their results early, so that we can get it jump-started in the community, get excitement going and help people get informed as to why United Way is so important to our communities," said Skippy Haik, chairperson for this year's campaign.

"Last year for example, they got us about 1/3 of the way to our goal before we even had our kick-off meeting right after Labor Day, and I think this year, the group will do the same," said Dan Kibodeaux, Executive Director of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi.

Last year, the United way campaign brought in more than $1.6 million.

This year's goal will be announced when the campaign officially begins on September 6th.