Last Thursday afternoon 120 local business representatives and volunteers came out to support United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd at their annual Campaign Kick-Off Luncheon at the German Club Manor in Blacksburg. United Way’s Campaign Kick-Off event marks the beginning of the United Way fundraising season each year, and guests gather to celebrate a new year of helping others and get motivated for the upcoming year. As in years past, the event was generously sponsored by Outback Steakhouse. Virginia Tech football players Tyrell Smith, Brandon Facyson and Ken Ekanem were also in attendance signing autographs.
United Way’s President of the Board of Directors, Keith Finch, started the event off with an introduction and welcome. Kymn Davidson-Hamley, United Way’s Executive Director, shared some opening remarks, and introduced keynote speaker Kevin Foust, Chief of Police at the Virginia Tech Police Department. Foust shared that even after 20+ years in a global career with the FBI, he hasn’t found anywhere else in the world quite like the New River Valley. His message to those gathered was an encouragement that we can ALL be heroes in our own community, whether through hands on work, or by giving financially to organizations that are making a tangible difference. Using United Way partners like the American Red Cross and Homeless and Housing Programs as an example, Foust stated that “Some people have skills and abilities that I don’t have, but I can still participate in the great work they are doing by giving financially. While I’m not physically ‘on the ground’ with them, I can help fund the work itself, and be confident that I am making a marked difference in my community. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by giving to United Way.” He finished by stating that, “In a time where our country is so divided, NOW is the time to Unite Together towards common goals and the betterment of our fellow man. Here in the New River Valley this is really possible!”
United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd’s mission is to unite local people and resources to improve lives in the New River Valley. United Way and its partner agencies identify needs and address them with the collective generosity of local people and local companies. Company campaigns and special fundraisers have begun in the New River Valley. If you would like more information on how to get involved or to learn more, please visit United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd’s website at www.unitedwaynrv.org, or contact the office at email@example.com or 540-381-2066.