United Way of Sumner County launched its 2017 fundraising campaign on Thursday Aug. 31, with a '70s themed kickoff party at the Hendersonville Library. More than 80 people attended the event that featured a tribute to the original members of the UWSC Executive Committee (Board) in honor of our 40th anniversary. Thank you to founding members Dr. Wade Powers, Judge Tom Gray, Dr. Charles Moffatt, and Mr. Charles Bone for joining us on this special occasion; Daisy Casey and First Tennessee Bank for sponsoring our Kickoff; T's Hot Chicken Shack for being our lunch partner; Publix Super Markets for providing our 40th Anniversary Cake; the Hendersonville Library for hosting our event; and everyone who came out to help us launch our 2017 Campaign. Congratulations to our Campaign Kickoff contest winners: Best '70s Attire, Regina Bartlett and Bethanee Burden; Best Themed Group, Windham Professionals; and '70s TV Theme Song Contest, Stephanie Vincent, who won in a blind draw after finishing in a tie with James Fenton. With the energy and excitement generated by the crowd at the Campaign Kickoff, we are looking forward to making our 40th Anniversary Campaign our best ever.
Below are a few photos from the event.
Thank you to Publix for providing our 40th Annivesary Cake!
UWSC Campaign Manager Erin Birch (L-R), Finance Manager Karen Boone, and President & CEO Dana M. Given chat prior to the arrival of guests.
Thank you to Scott & Tammy Vineyard and T's Hot Chicken Shack for being our Kickoff lunch partner.
Charles Bone catches up with Judge Tom and Janice Gray before the start of Kickoff activities.
UWSC Board Member Pat Gizelar enjoys a conversation with Judge Tom and Janice Gray and Shalom Zone Director PJ Davis.
Staff members from Sumner County CASA and Ashley's Place enjoy lunch at the Campaign Kickoff.
Dr. Charles Moffatt greets Dr. Wade Powers upon his arrival at the Campaign Kickoff. The two served together on the founding UWSC Executive Committee in 1977.
First Tennessee Community Bank President Daisy Casey poses for a photo with Dr. Charles Moffatt.
This year's Campaign Kickoff featured a tribute to founding members of the UWSC Executive Committee (Board) in honor of our 40th anniversary. UWSC was officially created in July 1977, and the group publicly announced its first fundraising campaign the following month with a front-page newspaper story on August 31. We were blessed to have four of the original nine Executive Committee members who took the steps to create our organization at the Campaign Kickoff. Pictured are (L-R) 1977 Executive Committee Vice-Chair Charles Bone, 1977 Executive Committee Member Judge Tom Gray, 1977 Executive Committee Chair Dr. Wade Powers, and 1977 Admissions & Allocations Committee Chair Dr. Charles Moffatt.
Founding members of the United Way of Sumner County Executive Committee, which created the organization in 1977, posed for a photo with current UWSC President & CEO Dana M. Given. Pictured are 1977 Executive Committee Vice-Chair Charles Bone, 1977 Executive Committee Member Judge Tom Gray, 1977 Executive Committee Chair Dr. Wade Powers, current UWSC President & CEO Dana M. Given, and 1977 Admissions & Allocations Committee Chair Dr. Charles Moffatt.
UWSC Board Member Richard Polka of Reliant Bank (center) shares lunch conversation with Lorie Sherman of Reliant Bank (left) and Deidre Hall of ProAdvantage Supply Chain Services.
Johnny Tubbs, a Publix associate on loan to UWSC this fall, staffs the drink table during lunch.
County Executive Anthony Holt (center) enjoys lunch with 2017 UWSC Campaign Chair James Fenton and TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center CEO Regina Bartlett.
Scott Vineyard of T's Hot Chicken Shack serves food to employees from Windham Professionals as they arrive at the Kickoff.
Nick Collins, Kelly Crecelius, and Susan Gaimari of First Tennessee Bank pose for a photo during lunch.
Employees from Windham Professionals and Stephanie Vincent (right) talk during lunch at the Campaign Kickoff. Windham Professionals won the award for Best Themed Group for the second consecutive year.
Local leaders from Publix enjoy lunch during the Campaign Kickoff. Among those at the table are: Goodlettsville Publix Manager and UWSC Board Member Norman Rubio (far left); Dee VanCleve, Executive Director of Grace Place; Publix District Manager Dave Fulmer (center); Gallatin Publix Manager Scott Mullins (2nd from right); and Hendersonville Publix Manager Maggie Neely (right).
TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center CEO Regina Bartlett models her authentic late '70s ensemble. Bartlett and Bethanee Burden from Ashley's Place won awards for best '70s attire.
UWSC President & CEO Dana M. Given welcomes more than 80 guests to the 2017 Campaign Kickoff Celebration, sporting her "John Lennon" glasses.
Dr. Wade Powers, who was instrumental in creating our United Way and chaired the original UWSC Executive Committee, addresses the Campaign Kickoff audience about the reasons for creating United Way of Sumner County.
First Tennessee Community Bank President Daisy Casey welcomes visitors to the UWSC Campaign Kickoff as the event sponsor.
2017-18 UWSC Board Chair Dr. Del Phillips encourages attendees to make 2017 the year of UWSC's first $1 million campaign.
2017 UWSC Campaign Chair James Fenton talks about the importance of raising $1 million to meet needs in the Sumner County community.