On Thursday, March 19, United Way held our 2014 Campaign Celebration along with the 2015 Unite to End Hunger food sculpture competition.
Thank you to Journal, Inc., for partnering with us as our official media sponsor of the food sculpture competition and helping us spread the word about food insecurity in our region. And thank you to every person and organization that helped us put the event together!
We had 7 teams compete in the Unite to End Hunger food sculpture competition this year:
For pictures of all the food sculptures, visit our Facebook page.
Congratulations to Caterpillar, Inc. for winning 1st place, Journal, Inc. for winning 2nd place, and Girl Scouts Heart of the South for winning 3rd place.
At the end of the day, we had 30 pallets of food donated to our partner agencies. What an amazing impact! For pictures of the packing and loading, visit our Facebook page.
Of course, we also celebrated a 2014 campaign well done! We had a delicious meal provided by the BancorpSouth Conference Center, and we got to listen to some amazing performances by many of our talented board members and volunteers. For photos from the Celebration, check out the Facebook album.
Before we got to the awards though, we took a look back at the tornadoes of April 28, 2014, which made such an impact on our area. Lisa Hansberger, a Joyner resident and active volunteer after the tornadoes, and Pat Caldwell, a local attorney who took amazing photos of the tornado damage and rebuilding process, helped us put together this tribute.
Of course, the day was about celebrating the campaign, and we did that as well! We are so thankful to every donor and volunteer who helped us raise $2,526,197 in 2014!
We also want to say congratulations to the companies and individuals who won awards during the Celebration program. For a list of Employee Giving Awards, Corporate Giving Awards, Campaign Potential Awards, and Employee Campaign Coordinators, view the Celebration Program 2014.
The following awards were given during the Celebration for impressive 2014 campaigns:
Diversity-VuTeq won the Growth Award for their campaign increase of 244%.
H.M. Richards won the Progress Award for their campaign increase of 57%.
Pepsi Beverages Company won the Advancement Award for their campaign increase of $9,773.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi won the Achievement Award for their campaign increase of $50,054.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi won the Distinguished Service Award for commitment to excellence in campaign ideas and practices.
Two United Way volunteers were also honored during the Celebration.
Chauncey Godwin of Honeybaked Ham Company & Cafe won the J.G. Berry Volunteer Award for his many, many years of service to United Way and other community organizations. Chauncey will also serve as the 2015 Campaign Chair for United Way!
Two of our generous local companies also gave out some money at the Celebration.
Pepsi Beverages Company presented a check for $5,000 to United Way and the City of Tupelo to purchase trees to replace those destroyed in the 2014 tornadoes.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi presented three checks of $10,000 each to three United Way partner agencies: LIFE of Mississippi, the New Haven Center for Special Needs Adults, and the Special Education and Handicapped Bowling Association.
We were so thrilled to be able to present these gifts during the Celebration, proving that even after the goal is met, the giving never ends in Northeast Mississippi!
During the Celebration, we also highlighted a few stories that show what giving to United Way is really all about. A gift to United Way helps one or more of our partner agencies continue to change lives in Northeast Mississippi. You can view these videos below.
Thank you again to everyone who made this possible with your donations, your time, and your commitment to United Way and Northeast Mississippi!