Holiday Inn- Morgantown served as the location for the United Way’s annual Community Leaders’ Breakfast on Thursday, August 4th from 8:30am – 9:30am. Over 150 local business leaders joined the United Way staff to have breakfast and to hear about this year’s United Way campaign.
This breakfast is an annual summer event that precedes the kick-off of the fall United Way Campaign. It has been sponsored by Mon Health System for over 30 years.
Bringing together those in a position to affect the direction and future of our region, the Community Leaders’ Breakfast allows the United Way to present an overview of community needs and the role that businesses and individuals can fill in meeting those needs.
The keynote speaker of the morning was United State Senator Shelley Moore Capito. She spoke on the importance of corporate philanthropy and the important role corporate giving plays to our state and nation.
Those attending received an advance look at the 2017 Campaign that will kick-off on September 7th. Chad Prather led the event as the new Campaign Chair and announced the campaign goal of $1,550,000. This year marks the 79th annual workplace campaign.
Media Embracing the Community, a collaboration of local media, unveiled the 2017 campaign theme, “Change the Story” and led the first viewing of the new United Way Campaign Video, produced by the Reed College of Media at WVU.
Twelve companies are serving as Pacesetters this year and running early campaigns to build momentum. Those companies are: Clear Mountain Bank, Dominion Post, First Energy, HealthWorks, Jackson Kelly, JS Walker & Associates, KLM Properties, Monongalia County Schools, MVB Bank, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Preston Memorial Hospital, and United Bank.
The dollars raised through the annual United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties fundraising campaign provides funding to support 52 programs at 27 local health and human service agencies in Monongalia and Preston Counties. For more information on United Way, visit http://www.unitedwaympc.org.