CHRISTIANSBURG- Over 120 local business representatives and volunteers came out to support United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd in their Annual Campaign Kick-off on September 13th at Outback Steakhouse in Christiansburg.
The Outback Steakhouse donated all accommodations and services for the event. Those driving past the luncheon were sure to hear the roar of the crowd as they yelled “LIVE UNITED.” “Live United” is the slogan of United Way, a slogan that urges individuals to unite to help their neighbors. United Way Executive Director, Kymn Davidson-Hamley, emceed the event and stressed gratitude to the community for their continued support of local giving and encouraged the crowd to get excited about helping others!
There were two keynote speakers; long-time United Way supporter and IMG sports radio personality Bill Roth who spoke about being a “united team.” Roth was accompanied by Virginia Tech football players Logan Thomas, Jeron Gouveia–Winslow and Jack Tyler and cheerleaders Jessica Purcell and Zachary Cabot to promote team spirit. Roth commented, “Similar to sports, every family is down at some point. Many times they just need a helping hand. But we’re going to win because we have to – we’re committed to each other when we Live United. Living United is the only way to win.”
Speaker Pat Brown, the Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Center who has served with the organization for 31 years and won several awards including the 2008 Sunshine Lady Foundation National Peace Award for her work with victims of sexual and domestic violence. Brown commented “Women and children in the New River Valley are hurt each and every day and the Women’s Resource Center serves over a thousand of those individuals yearly. Money donated to United Way helps these individuals get through some of the toughest times of their life and helps them lead healthy, happy lives.”
Last year United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd experienced a slight decrease in overall resources in the community raising $660,000, a trend most charities in the New River Valley have seen over the last six years. This year their goal is to raise more funds for local charities than last year. Executive Director, Kymn Davidson-Hamley commented “We are fortunate to live in a community where we have so many supportive individuals and companies that continue to do all they can to help their neighbors. As we continue to see an increase in need, it’s unfortunate that we saw a decrease in donations. However, we know that our community is strong and caring. We’ve overcome extreme hardships before and we will again. We aim high for our 2012-2013 campaign and fully anticipate exceeding last year’s donations.”
United Way of Montgomery, Radford & Floyd’s mission is to unite local people and resources in order to improve lives in the New River Valley. They find needs and meet 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, you can contact United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd at (540) 381-2066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.