Kicking off a new year

United Way of Blount County says thanks to Leadership Givers

The crowd was large. The energy was high. The appreciation was palpable.

Tuesday, June 29, United Way of Blount County hosted a reception for its Leadership Givers at Smithview Pavilion.

Brenda Sellers, who chairs the United Way of Blount County board of directors, welcomed the crowd of over 100 leadership givers.

Joe and Sue Dawson, who chair the Pillars Society, thanked the top givers for their continued support of the organization.

“Last year, leadership giving totaled $630,700. We currently have 304 Pillars members and 14 Tocqueville members,” Sue Dawson said. “Leadership giving accounted for over 33 percent of the total campaign last year.”

President and CEO Michelle Hankes expressed appreciation and asked for input on the organization’s nine target issues in the focus areas of education, health, and self-sufficiency.

“These target issues are United Way of Blount County’s way of putting our stake in the ground,” Hankes said. “This is our way of being accountable to our donors and proving that we are spending their dollars with measurable impact.”

Campaign Chairman Greg Wilson addressed the crowd, updating them on the progress of campaign plans and announced he and his cabinet will set the goal in August.

Dinner was provided by 2010 meeting sponsors. Also, special thanks were given to Green Meadow Wine and Spirits, E-Z Stop Markets, Wal-Mart and Smith’s Pavilion for providing in-kind donations for the event.

United Way of Blount County supports programs that address health, education, and self-sufficiency. For more information or to give to United Way, please visit or call 865-982-2251.

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