Mugshots in Meridian was packed tonight for the United Way Pacesetter Kickoff Party. Members from companies that give to and support the United Way were present as they watched the Board unveil this year's fundraising thermometer. It's the first time their goal has hit the seven digit mark. Pace Setter Chair Angie Denney says that after they passed their $950,000 goal last year, they had their sights set on a million.
"We exceed that goal each and every year, so when we sat down this year, we said we can do this. Mississippi gives back totally around the country. They give back and help, and with United Way of East Mississippi, we're going to reach that $1 million."
This is Denney's first year as the Pace Setter Chairman, and she is ready to jump right in. Over the next few weeks and months she is going to be very busy meeting with all of the Pace Setting Companies.
"My goal as Pace Setter Chairman is to go into each and every one of our Pace setter companies and sit down with them and educate them from A to Z on everything the United Way does."
Pace Setting companies include businesses like banks and hospitals, and Denney encourages any and all local businesses to get involved with the United Way.
"Now's your chance to come on board at a record breaking year and make that history with us. We touch lives in such positive ways all across the board, all ages, all walks of life, and the United Way is there for you when you need us, so we need you to be there for us when we need you."
If you want to learn more about the East Mississippi United Way, you can go their website, www.unitedforunitedway.org