Mike McDonald Named 2013 Campaign Chair

(July 2013) - Following back-to-back record-setting fundraising campaigns in 2011 and 2012, United Way of Sumner County is looking to continue its success in helping others with the announcement of a veteran public servant as its 2013 Campaign Chair.

Former State Rep. Mike McDonald, a Portland resident who represented the 44th District in the Tenn. House of Representatives from 1995 until his retirement in 2012, will lead the charity’s annual fundraising campaign that officially ends March 31, 2014. Funds raised by United Way of Sumner County (UWSC) through workplace giving, individual gifts, corporate donations, and special event fundraisers support the efforts of 34 non-profit health and human service programs that serve Sumner County residents. McDonald said he is ready for the challenge ahead.

“I’m very excited about serving as the 2013 Campaign Chair for United Way of Sumner County,” McDonald said. “I’m confident that our 2013 campaign will be successful because the people who live here truly care about their neighbors.”

Serving as Campaign Chair is not McDonald’s first volunteer experience with United Way of Sumner County. He previously served as a member of the organization’s Communications Committee and as the campaign coordinator for the Volunteer State Community College (VSCC) United Way workplace campaign.

McDonald holds a Ph.D. in Speech Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he taught at Vol State from 1978-2002. During that time, he spent 13 years as the Chairman of the Department of Communications, and he earned the VSCC Outstanding Faculty Award in 1991. Mike and his wife, Mila, have two children and five grandchildren.

According to UWSC President/CEO Dana M. Given, McDonald’s unique experience makes him a great choice to serve as 2013 Campaign Chair.

“Mike’s service to the citizens of Sumner County is well documented, and his firsthand knowledge of the issues facing our residents will be invaluable as he talks to people about the impact of United Way dollars toward addressing those issues,” Given said. “In addition to his experience with United Way, Mike is a gifted communicator and an accomplished leader in our community. We are indeed blessed that he has agreed to lead our campaign over the coming year.”