LE2015 Cropped1839United Way completed training for 45 Campaign Ambassadors….45 volunteers from local businesses and organizations who loaned their best and brightest to United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. These “Campaign Ambassadors” will play a crucial role in developing and implementing fundraising initiatives in a wide variety of situations during the 2015 annual United Way Campaign.  Their participation will help keep fundraising costs low, leading to increased investments in the lives of people who need services.

Ronda Davenport, United Way VP of Campaign/Marketing stated on Facebook:  “we appreciate all these beautiful folks for the mission they have been assigned, and please be ready to welcome these volunteers from various local businesses who will be contacting schools and local businesses to support the United Way and their 40 local agencies. These volunteers have a heart of gold and a spirit of commitment for a stronger community. Thanks LE’s for being our HERO.”

This year’s Campaign Ambassador line-up includes these volunteers: Alex Rowe, Darrell Smith and Tiffany Howell of the Hilton Sandestin; Allie Noah, Arian Shockley and Ken Hair of Children in Crisis; Audra Ray of AMIkids; Anita Wolcott and Ashley Isaak of AVG Technologies; Anthony Lanier and Mick Leatherwood of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast; Brooke Kenton of Trustmark Bank; Carrie Warf of Shelter House; Larry Carter and Shannon Tait of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office; Connie Watson and Michelle Hooper of the Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties; Danny Smith of CCB Community Bank; Denise McKinion and Mary Head of CHECLCO; Diane Fraser of the Emerald Coast Science Center; Donna Simmet of Jacobs; Gayle Vann of the Arc of the Emerald Coast; Glenn Langan, Wesley Hudgens, Sonya Powers and Pete Ratliff of Gulf Power Company; Gwen Stephenson of Beach Community Bank; Jackie Matichuk of Okaloosa Gas; Jimmy Chambers of Hancock Bank; Jonathan Slater of LPL Financial; Kate Scanlan of Northwest Florida State College; Katie Crowell and Lisa Cotton of the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center; Lindsay Maxey of Okaloosa County Schools; Michael Anderson of Okaloosa County Public Works; Nicole Brewer and Sharon Rogers of Safe Connections; Shawn Daugherty of the Boeing Company; Stacey Rivers of Walton County Schools; Dawn Stapelton and Steve Holland of Emerald Transformer (formerly Florida Transformer); Tina Moore of Okaloosa County Public Works; and Valerie Broxson of Okaloosa County Water and Sewer.

United Way’s Campaign theme is “Be Someone’s Hero…Give Today!” and we will be honoring some of our local heroes as well as announcing the Campaign goal on August 27th at the Kick-off.