The Wiregrass United Way made a stop at the Enterprise YMCA on Sept. 18 for its campaign kickoff bus tour.
The bus tour traveled across six counties, with Enterprise serving as the Coffee County stop.
The Enterprise High School Big Blue band as well as various Enterprise residents and businesses welcomed the United Way volunteers to the venue.
Enterprise Mayor William Cooper opened the event by talking about the sense of community in the city.
“This community always tries to support itself as well as help others,” Cooper said. “United Way is an important part of the Wiregrass and we want them to reach that (donation) goal—as a matter of fact, we’re going to see them exceed their goal. For our visitors, welcome to the little city with a big heart, Enterprise, Alabama.”
After opening remarks, Campaign Chairman Beau Benton took the lead to reveal this year’s campaign goal.
“We do have an ambitious goal,” said Campaign Chairman Beau Benton. “We’re not just going to meet it, we’re going to beat it. Our goal this year is $2,888,888.88—we’re calling that crazy eights.”
Once the goal is reached, the Wiregrass Foundation will donate $400,000 to the organization as well.
Wiregrass United Way Chief Executive Officer Walter Hill said that Coffee County’s individual goal for the campaign is $440,000. He then revealed that $212,719 or about 48 percent of the individual goal has already been raised thanks to donations from people and businesses all across the Wiregrass.
He recognized five area organizations that had chosen to start their donation campaigns early and already made contributions to this year’s campaign: Christian Mission, $4,714; Coffee County Schools, $4,804; Enterprise State Community College, $2,151; Enterprise City Schools, $22,871; and Medical Center Enterprise, $44,406.
Miss Alabama 2019 Tiara Pennington addressed the crowd at the event and thanked everyone for their support of the Wiregrass United Way.
“I just want to say how honored and thrilled I am to be here in Enterprise, Alabama today,” Pennington said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed being on this tour all day long, but I must say what I really enjoy is the difference that you’re all making in your communities and your hometowns. Thank you so much for all your contributions and donations.”