Betty Brassell, with First City Bank and the 2015 Campaign Chair, along with the Board of Directors for the United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties, is pleased to announce that $1,311,359.39 was raised for Okaloosa & Walton Counties due to the generosity of businesses, organizations and individuals that made the campaign a great success. This year’s result is a 7% increase over the 2014 campaign, which is truly a testament to the caring nature of the community even when times are challenging.
Brassell began the plan of action early spring for campaign by recruiting and meeting with local business leaders to serve as Campaign Division Chairs. Alan Wood, with CCB Community Bank and Pacesetter Chair, contacted CEO’s from various businesses to help set the pace of campaign. A company that became a Pacesetter agreed to have the workplace campaign early, and with at least a 20% increase from their previous campaign. With the help of the Marketing Committee Members, and Brassell approval, a local campaign theme was chosen, “Be Someone’s Hero”. The chosen theme fit the campaign perfectly, as we have so many heroes in our community.
Betty commented about this year’s campaign and our community: “It has been my honor to be the Campaign Chair for 2015 and it’s hard to believe it is drawing to a close. I’ve seen true team work at its highest level during this campaign, beginning with the Division Chairs and volunteers who contacted companies in the spring, way before the campaign even began, to set the stage and gain commitments for giving. The Loaned Executives followed up and made those presentations that preached the message of compassion and need. Ronda Davenport, VP of Campaign/Marketing blended all those activities together and pushed hard to make our goal. She made sure to recognize the heroes within each volunteer group and each company that participated in the campaign. We needed a lot of heroes this year – and we got them! This community is one of the best and we love a challenge! Heroes always win!”
On March 11, 2016, the United Way’s Annual Meeting will be held at the Crosspoint Community Life Center in Niceville. The breakfast will begin at 8:00am. The cost to attend is $15.00 per person. For more information, contact the United Way at 243-0315.