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United Way campaign surpasses goal

Unicoi County United Way President Lee Brown announced the results of the latest campaign by the Unicoi County United Way last week. (Erwin Record Staff Photo by Richard Rourk)

By Richard Rourk

The 2019 Unicoi County United Way fundraising results are in and it was another successful campaign for the organization.

Unicoi County United Way President Lee Brown confirmed that the campaign raised more than the goal of $120,000.

“It’s a great day. We raised $125,053, that’s a lot to be proud of,” Brown said during the organization’s victory luncheon held on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center. “God Bless you. Thank you for your hard work.”

The festivities kicked off with Unicoi County High School student Bella Bogart welcoming the attendees.

“We enjoyed another successful campaign and we know it was successful by all of your support,” Bogart said.

UCHS bluegrass band members John Hilemon, Connor Brackins, Hannah Edwards and Tate Kerns entertained those in attendance.

It was announced during the luncheon that Unicoi United Way was able to give extra money to more organizations this year because of the giving spirit of the community. Some of the organizations that received checks were the Imagination Library, the Kiwanis Club of Erwin, Unicoi County Heritage Museum, RISE Erwin and Unicoi County Prevention Coalition.

“I did not expect this; thank you so much,” Unicoi County Prevention Coalition Director Christy Smith said. “This will help in so many ways.”

These organizations join The Children’s Advocacy Center, CHIPS, Clinchfield Senior Adult Center, Unicoi County Library, Contact Ministries, Erwin Little League, Monroe Foundation, Second Harvest Foodbank, Boyscouts, Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, 4H, YMCA, Unicoi County Health Department, Literacy Program, the Shoe Fund, the Backpack Program, the Dental Program, CASA and Habitat for Humanity in receiving funds from United Way.

“Your dollar gets divided in many, many ways,” Brown said.

According to Brown, special plaques were presented to donors who went above and beyond to help fund these organizations. Plaques were given to NFS and the United Steelworkers Union 9677, Unicoi County Schools, Regal Beloit, Impact Plastics, Erwin Food City, TN Tennessee, Unicoi County Hospital, Specialty Tires, Unicoi County Gas Utility District, IMC and Erwin Utilities.

Unicoi County United Way does take donations year around and the next campaign will kick off in October 2020. If you are interested in donating before the next campaign, please send donations to United Way at P.O. Box 343, Erwin, TN 37650.