Dale County WUW exceeds goal

The Dale County Wiregrass United Way team exceeded its goal “through the tremendous generosity of the businesses and residents of Dale County,” according to Dale County Board Chairman Claudia Wigglesworth. At left, from front, are Dale County Campaign Chairman Bobby Borland, Petra Prazinko, Brandon Benefield and Laura Thornton. At right, from front, are Lauren Hohbach, Andy Hoekenga, Wigglesworth, Trae Avant and Board of Trustees Chairman-elect Les Perault.

“The tremendous generosity of the businesses and residents of Dale County,” is why the Dale County United Way campaign exceeded its goal, according to the Dale County Board Chairman Claudia Wigglesworth.  

“Businesses and residents were tremendously generous in not only attaining the county goal of $288,888.88 but exceeding that goal by $5,482,” Wigglesworth said. “Dale County’s support of the Wiregrass United Way campaign this year was phenomenal.

“I would just like to say thank you, thank you, thank you for your commitment to support some 41 agencies that will benefit from these contributions," she added with a smile. “As of Jan. 30, Dale County raised $294,371.”

In Dale County, more than 40 volunteer board members, loaned executives and campaign coordinators at local businesses helped raise the money. The 2019 board members for Dale County included Wigglesworth, Holle Smith, Bobby Borland, John Cawley, Trae Avant, Tara Baker, Brandon Benefield, Mark Blankenship, JoAnn Grimsley, Kristen Hall, Andy Hoekenga, Vernon Johnson, Jenna Judah Strickland, Teresa King, Richard Mc Inturf, Sonny Moore, Les Perault, Petra Prazinko and Laura Thornton.

“There are 29 local businesses that do employee campaigns in Dale County,” Wigglesworth explained. “This means that employees provide contributions through a payroll deduction.

“Our large, outstanding company employee campaigns include Coleman Worldwide Moving, M1 Support Services and All In Credit Union,” Wigglesworth said. “Our main Dale County UW fundraisers this year were ‘Dinner Downtown’ in Ozark and two ‘Dine and Donate’ events sponsored by Chopper's Ol' School BBQ in Daleville and by DiFilippo's Pizza in Ozark.”

The overall WUW goal was established in August 2019 at $2,888,888.88. That goal was also exceeded by raising $2,893,172. 

Once WUW reached and exceeded their goal, the Wiregrass Foundation contributed a check for $400,000, said WUW Chief Executive Officer Walter Hill. “When the campaign started, the Foundation challenged the local United Way to reach their goal and the Foundation would then contribute $400,000 for the United Way to distribute to their partnering organizations.”

The Wiregrass United Way has served the area since 1938, currently funding 41 community impact partners in Barbour, Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties. A committee of local volunteers determines how the funds are distributed among the member agencies in the six county area.

Brian McLeod, Board of Trustees Chair, credited the dedicated volunteers and staff for their hard work during the campaign.  “Once again we were blessed with strong leadership from our volunteers,” he said. “Back in the summer when the goal was set, they all said we would reach the goal and they all worked hard to get us to this point.”

The county campaign chairs were Sallie Garrison in Barbour County, Gabby Ingram in Coffee County, Mayor Bobby Borland in Dale County, Neil Strickland in Geneva County, Craig Retherford in Henry County and Abby Saliba Rogers in Houston County. Numerous volunteers served as Loaned Executives and Campaign Coordinators.

By Michelle Mann

mmann@southeastsun.com

Wiregrass United Way Exceeds Goal

“The tremendous generosity of the businesses and residents of Dale County,” is why the Dale County United Way campaign exceeded its goal, according to the Dale County Board Chairman Claudia Wigglesworth.

“Businesses and residents were tremendously generous in not only attaining the county goal of $288,888.88 but exceeding that goal by $5,482,” Wigglesworth said. “Dale County’s support of the Wiregrass United Way campaign this year was phenomenal.

“I would just like to say thank you, thank you, thank you for your commitment to support some 41 agencies that will benefit from these contributions," she added with a smile. “As of Jan. 30, Dale County raised $294,371.”

In Dale County, more than 40 volunteer board members, loaned executives and campaign coordinators at local businesses helped raise the money. The 2019 board members for Dale County included Wigglesworth, Holle Smith, Bobby Borland, John Cawley, Trae Avant, Tara Baker, Brandon Benefield, Mark Blankenship, JoAnn Grimsley, Kristen Hall, Andy Hoekenga, Vernon Johnson, Jenna Judah Strickland, Teresa King, Richard Mc Inturf, Sonny Moore, Les Perault, Petra Prazinko and Laura Thornton.

“There are 29 local businesses that do employee campaigns in Dale County,” Wigglesworth explained. “This means that employees provide contributions through a payroll deduction.

“Our large, outstanding company employee campaigns include Coleman Worldwide Moving, M1 Support Services and All In Credit Union,” Wigglesworth said. “Our main Dale County UW fundraisers this year were ‘Dinner Downtown’ in Ozark and two ‘Dine and Donate’ events sponsored by Chopper's Ol' School BBQ in Daleville and by DiFilippo's Pizza in Ozark.”

The overall WUW goal was established in August 2019 at $2,888,888.88. That goal was also exceeded by raising $2,893,172.

Once WUW reached and exceeded their goal, the Wiregrass Foundation contributed a check for $400,000, said WUW Chief Executive Officer Walter Hill. “When the campaign started, the Foundation challenged the local United Way to reach their goal and the Foundation would then contribute $400,000 for the United Way to distribute to their partnering organizations.”

The Wiregrass United Way has served the area since 1938, currently funding 41 community impact partners in Barbour, Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties. A committee of local volunteers determines how the funds are distributed among the member agencies in the six county area.

Brian McLeod, Board of Trustees Chair, credited the dedicated volunteers and staff for their hard work during the campaign. “Once again we were blessed with strong leadership from our volunteers,” he said. “Back in the summer when the goal was set, they all said we would reach the goal and they all worked hard to get us to this point.”

The county campaign chairs were Sallie Garrison in Barbour County, Gabby Ingram in Coffee County, Mayor Bobby Borland in Dale County, Neil Strickland in Geneva County, Craig Retherford in Henry County and Abby Saliba Rogers in Houston County. Numerous volunteers served as Loaned Executives and Campaign Coordinators.

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