The United Way of East Mississippi hosted its annual meeting to talk about the 2014 campaign.
The agency fell short of the $1 million goal, but it saw increases in the growth of how much each dollar donated generated when put back into the community.
"Sometimes the journey is better than what happens at the end," said Quarles. "Obviously, we would have liked to achieve our goal but in terms of the community impact, we are seeing a tremendous increase in the numbers with respect to what the investments mean for the community."
Several awards were presented to people and businesses who worked hard in the fundraising campaign.
Loretta Hulin received the Volunteer of the Year Award. Structural Steel earned the Community Cup. The Al Rosenbaum Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Robert Ward.