United Way of Sumner County launched its 2016 Campaign on Thursday, Sept. 1, with a Kickoff Tailgate Party and Pep Rally presented by First Tennessee Bank at the Hendersonville Library. Approximately 70 guests attended the event, which featured games, a complimentary lunch, the premier of UWSC's 2016 Campaign Video, and comments from UWSC President & CEO Dana M. Given, Daisy Casey from First Tennessee Bank, UWSC Board Chair Leisa Byars, and UWSC 2016 Campaign Chair James Fenton.
Special Thanks to First Tennessee Bank and Daisy Casey for sponsoring our Campaign Kickoff for the third consecutive year!
Congratulations to Windham Professionals for winning the Best Cheer Contest, Peyton's Mid-South for winning the Most Spirited Attire Contest, and Jim Hawkins for winning the Name the Fight Songs Contest.
United Way of Sumner County would like to thank Black-eyed Pea and Mary Gore for being our lunch partner and providing a great meal. Thank you also to our volunteers who helped make this event possible: Jason Stewart, Suzanne Weed, Nick Given, Sandy Schmahl, Lindy Gaughan, and Jim Hawkins.
With the excitement from today's event, we are looking forward to having a great 2016 Campaign and reaching our $1 million goal!
GREAT THINGS HAPPEN WHEN WE LIVE UNITED!
BRUCE the Million Dollar Moose sat center stage at the Campaign Kickoff with helmets from all seven Sumner County public high schools.
Event volunteer Sandy Schmahl, from STARS, prepares for guests by putting out cookies in the tailgate party serving line.
Mary Gore, from Tailgate Party lunch parter Black-eyed Pea, prepares food guests.
UWSC Finance Manager Michelle Jilek works the registration table with volunteer and UWSC Board Member Lindy Gaughan.
UWSC President & CEO Dana M. Given speaks with guests at the Kickoff party.
Veronica Black, Letrecia Parchman, and Ryan Morrison attended the Campaign Kickoff from GKN Hoeganaes in Gallatin.
Mary Gauerke from the Gallatin Economic Development Agency and Gallatin Chamber Director Kim Myers pose for a photo at the Kickoff.
Betsy Bean, Joyce Mungle, and Jeff Key from Regions Bank enjoy lunch.
UWSC Board Member Pat Gizelar, Suzanne Weed from Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, and Judge Jane Wheatcraft pause for a photo during lunch.
Deb Daugherty from Volunteer State Community College and employees from Windham Professionals go through the serving line.
Deb Daugherty from Volunteer State Community College and Daisy Casey from First Tennessee Bank stop for a photo.
The employees from Windham Professionals brought their game faces to the Kickoff.
Kelley Crecelius, Nick Collins, Susan Gaimari, and Daisy Casey from First Tennessee Bank stop for a photo with newly elected school board member Jim Hawkins.
First Tennessee's Daisy Casey, Campaign Chair James Fenton, and Jim Hawkins pose for a photo.
UWSC President & CEO Dana M. Given addresses the Kickoff crowd.
Daisy Casey, representing event sponsor First Tennessee Bank, encourages to the crowd to get behind the United Way mission.
UWSC Board Chair Leisa Byars talks about the $1 million fundraising goal for 2016 and introduces the 2016 Campaign Video at the Kickoff.
2016 UWSC Campaign Chair James Fenton, executive director of the Gallatin Economic Development Agency, challenges the Campaign Kickoff crowd to spread the United Way message over the coming year.
UWSC President & CEO Dana M. Given calls up participants for the cheer contest.
Employees from Windham Professionals won the United Way Cheer Contest.
Sarah Boggs and Kim Hallum from Peyton's Mid-South in Portland won the award for Most Spirited Attire.
Contest winners Windham Professionals and Peyton's Mid-South pause for a photo with BRUCE, the Million Dollar Moose campaign mascot.
UWSC Board Chair Leisa Byars, UWSC President & CEO Dana M. Given, and UWSC 2016 Canpaign Chair James Fenton pose for a photo with Bruce, the Million Dollar Moose campaign mascot.