United Way of Anderson County’s “VEGAS Variety Show” a Star Studded Success
United Way of Anderson County kicked off their annual campaign with a “Vegas Variety Show” celebrating “What is donated in Anderson County, Stays in Anderson County.” The event at the DoubleTree, Oak Ridge on August 23rd was a great success! Performances by local talent posing as Vegas impersonators wowed the crowd. Elvis, Marilyn, Katy Perry, Liza, the Rat Pack, Phyllis Diller and Cher, kept the crowd entertained! Magician Michael Messing levitated a show girl and Auctioneer Elaine Graham entertained and kept the live auction bidding very generously! The evening included a cocktail hour, silent auction, live auction, buffet dinner, wine gamble and was emceed by Tearsa Smith, Co-Anchor of Good Morning Tennessee on WATE.
“This year’s talent was FANTASTIC! We had local performers doing magic, comedy and singing some classic Vegas tunes” said co-chair DeWayne Kirchner. “Our volunteers and sponsors really came through for us and made this great evening possible!” Local performers included Bill and Tracy Walker, Brandon Gibson, David Raulston, Tres Jones, Naomi Asher, Katy Jett, and Leslie England.
This year’s corporate sponsors were ORNL, ORAU, CNS, UCOR, K9 SOS, IIA, ORNL FCU, CapitalMark Bank & Trust, Enrichment FCU, Y-12 FCU, NSPS, AMETEK, Methodist Medical Center, and media sponsor the Oak Ridger!
The event has been chaired by Katy Jett of Enrichment Federal Credit Union and DeWayne Kirchner of Designs by DeWayne Costume Shop for several years. “This is our largest fundraiser of the year and it really gets the community excited about kicking off the campaign season in Anderson County!” said co-chair Katy Jett. “We were thrilled to beat last year’s total and raise nearly $24,000 this evening. So many local businesses contributed so generously to our live and silent auction. We are so grateful for the support this community offers United Way!”
Proceeds from this year’s event will help fund UWAC’s 35 agency partners and their 50 programs serving three core areas of service: providing basic needs, developing our youth and enabling seniors to live with honor. United Way of Anderson County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community to create lasting change.
Join United Way of Anderson County for a “VEGAS Variety Show”
United Way of Anderson County will kick-off their annual campaign with a “Vegas Variety Show” celebrating “What is donated in Anderson County, Stays in Anderson County.” The event at the DoubleTree Oak Ridge is on August 23rd from 6-10 pm. The evening will include a cocktail hour, silent auction, live auction, buffet dinner, and an evening of entertainment emceed by Tearsa Smith, Co-Anchor of Good Morning Tennessee on WATE.
The event is chaired by Katy Jett of Enrichment Federal Credit Union and De Wayne Kirchner of Designs by DeWayne Costume Shop. “This year you can expect to see all your favorite Vegas entertainers from years passed!” said co-chair DeWayne Kirchner. Guests can have their photo made with any of the celebrity impersonators and purchase them for a small donation at the end of the evening. Stars featured will be Cher, Diana Ross, Wayne Newton, Phyllis Diller, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis! Acts will include comedy, magic, songs and showgirls!
“This is our largest fundraiser of the year and it really gets the community excited about kicking off the campaign season in Anderson County!” said co-chair Katy Jett. “Sponsorships are beginning to come in from our community, but we still need corporate sponsors, auction items and RSVP’s!”
For more information or to RSVP please email Jennifer@UWAYAC.org or call 865.483.8431. Tickets can be purchased online at www.uwayac.org or purchased at the door. PLEASE RSVP to 865.483.8431 or Jennifer@UWAYAC.org
Proceeds from this year’s event will help fund UWAC’s 35 agency partners and their three core areas of service: providing basic needs, developing our youth and enabling seniors to live with honor.
‘Tis the Season of Giving
By Charles, Edwena, Rebecca & Nicholas Crowe,
UWAC’s 2013-14 Campaign Chairing Family
As the holidays are upon us we are reminded of how fortunate we are and become increasingly aware of how many others do not share our good fortune. Donors are inundated with requests for food, spare change and gifts to make the holidays brighter for those who are struggling. It is a season of giving, so to speak, but what happens when the calendar strikes January? Back to work, back to school and back to our routines, but the needs are still there for many in our community. There are still more than 50% of children on reduced lunch programs in our schools, there are still families visiting emptying food pantries and working poor who make every effort to support their families and still have to choose between paying the electric bill or the rent. United Way of Anderson County works to mobilize the caring power of our community to create LASTING change.
UWAC had to reduce funding to our partner agencies by $200,000 last year. These agencies do a phenomenal job of leveraging their allocations and running their programs so efficiently, doing more with less. A dollar a week in our pocket doesn’t seem to go very far, but $1.00 a week invested in the Green Thumb Garden Program run by Second Harvest Food Bank can provide gardening supplies to grow $1400 of food for THREE families, fresh produce that is not often found on pantry shelves. $10 a week can provide emergency food, clothing and shelter by American Red Cross for a family of 3 in a time of crisis. Each year a team of more than 30 community volunteers closely audits the agencies and programs requesting funding. Your friends and neighbors make certain your dollars are being efficiently invested.
Raising money in this economy is hard, but reviewing these much needed programs and deciding which ones will not receive funding is harder. UWAC has a 10 year strategic plan to fund programing that will create a brighter and more secure community and future for all residents in Anderson and Campbell counties. Please help us to continue that mission and give as generously as you can, knowing every $1 will make a difference.
Many of you have given through your workplace or individual donation and we THANK YOU! If you’ve not yet been asked or had the opportunity to give you may download a copy off our website at www.uwayac.org or donate through PayPal online.
Struggling to find the perfect gift for someone special? Why not give the gift of a brighter future, with a gift to UWAC in their name? Truly, the gift that keeps on giving!
Thank you to the MANY volunteers, donors and advocates that have supported UWAC in serving this community! May your season be joyous!
2013 UWAC Annual Golf Tournament was a HUGE success!!
We had an amazing turnout, GREAT day of golf and
raised nearly $19,000 for our partner agencies!!
For pics of the fun, click the Facebook link below
and "Like" us while you're there!
To register a team please call 865.483.8431
SAIC and ORNL UT Battelle
Y-12 Federal Credit Union
Beverage Cart Sponsor:
Centennial Village Apartments, LLC
Player Gifts Sponsors:
Dr. Brett Jaffery
Ben's Home Centers
Hole in One Sponsors:
Sexton Automotive Group
Dr. Richard Hughes, D.M.D.
FDSI, David Wilson
Enrichment Federal Credit Union
South East Equipment Sales
UWAC Board of Directors
Visionary Harizons Wealth Management Group
Scarboro Learning Center, Board of Directors
BJ Boyd and Assoc.
Methodist Medical Center
For your convenience you can now pay online!!
United Way of Anderson County Campaign Video Link
Produced In Kind by Keith McDaniel, Secret City Films
Thank you for helping us raise
nearly $20,000 for our partner agencies!!
“Christmas in July” Raises Nearly $20,000 for United Way of Anderson County
United Way of Anderson County kicked-off their annual campaign with a “Christmas in July” event at the DoubleTree Oak Ridge on July 13th. The evening included a cocktail hour, silent auction, buffet dinner, ugly Christmas sweater contest, an evening of entertainment emceed by Kim Hansard of Star 102.1 FM and a live auction.
The event was chaired by Katy Jett of Enrichment Federal Credit Union and De Wayne Kirchner of The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum. There were plenty of opportunities for guests to enjoy the evening. Many had their photo made in one of two elaborately decorated scenes and for a small donation; UWAC will have the photos turned into their holiday cards for this season. Guests got into the spirit with the ugly Christmas sweater contest and even the staff at the DoubleTree donned the sweaters and participated! Planning committee members also performed an old fashioned radio show rendition of “A United Way Christmas Carol.”
“We raised more money with our silent and live auction this year than ever!” said co-chair Katy Jett. Items included an autographed Butch Jones football, Pat Summitt basketball, UT and Titan packages and a green bike from Regions Bank. The highest bidding item of the evening was an International Friendship Bell replica donated by WSI Oak Ridge in thanks for many years of great community relations. Originally 400 bells were shipped over inside the large bell that hangs near A K Bissell Park, with the intention of being sold to help pay for the bell pavilion and garden. All the bells have since been claimed. This was a rare opportunity to own a piece of Oak Ridge’s history.
Although the auction was more successful than ever and the event raised just shy of $20,000, this year’s total was about a third less than last year. There were more sponsors this year than in years past, but unfortunately budgets are tight everywhere and UWAC saw some sponsorships come in at reduced amounts. “We recognize the economic stress everyone is feeling and we remain so grateful for the support this community has afforded us and our partner agencies” said UWAC Development Director, Jennifer Pettyjohn. The 2013 Campaign Chair Family was formally introduced: Charles, Nick, Rebecca and Edwena Crowe. Following the gala, area companies will begin their employee fundraising campaigns for UWAC. Campaigns range from elaborate kick-off events of their own like ORNL UT Battelle’s who hosted Butch Jones, to a few weeks of special events and small fundraisers like chili cook offs and pie throwing contests. “We love seeing companies get excited and encourage their employees to have some fun while contributing to the annual campaign” said Pettyjohn.
The evening was sponsored by: UT-Battelle-ORNL, UCOR, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, K-9 SOS, Information International Associates, ORNL Federal Credit Union, AMETEK, Y-12 Federal Credit Union, Enrichment Federal Credit Union, Pugh CPA’s and Pinnacle Financial Partners. In-Kind sponsors include DoubleTree Oak Ridge, Designs by De Wayne Costume Shop, The Oak Ridger and photographer Nikki Crider of B.loved Images. Many local businesses continued to support the annual auction this year including, Appalachian Glass and Frame, Peter’s Jewelers, and local artist Bill Capshaw to name a few.
Proceeds from this year’s event will help fund UWAC’s 34 agency partners in their three core areas of service: providing basic needs, developing our youth and enabling seniors to live with honor.
UNITED WAY OF ANDERSON COUNTY
ANNUAL MEETING AND CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT
United Way of Anderson County (UWAC) hosted their annual meeting and campaign announcement the morning of April 18th. Staff, board members, agencies, volunteers and guests gathered at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge for continental breakfast, networking and UWAC business. The agenda for the morning began with the announcement that UWAC raised $1,277,771 of their $1.4 million dollar goal. This shortage resulted in a $200,000 reduction of dollars allocated to agency partners. UWAC’s message this year “We are all in this together.” The organization is approaching this new campaign year with an agency centered focus. “We want to share with this community all the positive programs and outcomes our agencies provide this community,” said Executive Director, Rick Morrow. This campaign year agencies will host “open houses” so the public can see firsthand their donations at work.
UWAC is taking measures to position themselves for this economic downturn. They are diversifying their revenue by encouraging new fundraising approaches, pursuing major gifts and introducing employee fundraising campaigns at several new businesses. There was a 38% increase in a dozen companies, raising more than $53,000 new campaign dollars. This year UWAC grew their Pillar Society of major donors $1,000+ and secured their second Alexis de Tocqueville donor ($10k annually). UWAC has also taken measures to control expenses. Their operating budget is 1.5% less than it was in 2005. Organizations tend to swell their operations during strong years only to painfully adjust during lean years. UWAC avoided this pitfall and kept expenses moving downward for nearly a decade by increasing efficiency based on best practices in non-profit management.
Along with the financial business, UWAC welcomed new board members: Bonnie Carroll of IIA, Mark Harvey of Cowperwood, Tom Hilton of Y-12 Federal Credit Union, Theresa Myers of PolyOne, Darren Osborne of Regions Bank, Allen Schubert of UCOR, Heidi Timmerman of Oak Ridge Associated Universities and Julie Utterback of Methodist Medical Center. Also honored were outgoing board members, Buzz Patrick of Tech20/20, Gail Mattson, and Jim Rackstraw. This year’s UWAC Volunteer of the Year was Buzz Patrick, recognized for his 6 years on the board of directors and 3 years as the Fund Distribution President.
Each year UWAC selects a community leader to steer the annual campaign. In keeping with their “We’re all in this together” theme, for the first time they have a family serving as campaign chairs. The Crowe family; Edwena of B&W Y-12, Charles, President and CEO of LeGacy Resource Corporation, and their children; Rebecca of ORAU and Nicholas of ORNL have accepted the opportunity. “We are thrilled to have the Crowe family leading the charge this year. They are each deeply committed to this community and having Rebecca and Nicholas leading a new effort to reach young professionals is so exciting!” said 2013 UWAC Board President, Greta Ownby of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce.
Outgoing Campaign Chair Tom Hilton of Y-12 Federal Credit Union spoke fondly of his involvement with this year’s campaign and the support and efforts of UWAC staff and volunteers to serve the increasing needs of Anderson County. He also recognized local top ten businesses for running exemplary campaigns, including an additional $11,500 corporate gift from ORNL Federal Credit Union.
UT-Battelle - ORNL $253,242
B&W Y-12 $218,178
Oak Ridge Associated Universities $105,573
American Centrifuge Manufacturing, LLC $60,554
AMETEK Inc. $42,978
ORNL Federal Credit Union $39,183
Y-12 Federal Credit Union $29,600
Bechtel National Inc. $21,380
Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge $19,729
As the morning concluded guests were encouraged to see their dollars at work with an invitation to tour the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge (CMOR). “The Children’s Museum was so generous to host us this morning. Not only were we able to reduce event expenses, but it was a wonderful way to begin our agency centered campaign approach,” said UWAC Resource Development Director, Jennifer Pettyjohn. CMOR Deputy Director, Carroll Welch was busy giving post event tours to many guests who hadn’t yet visited the museum.
UWAC and its 34 community partners with 51 vital programs address three core needs of our community: Basic Human Needs, Youth Development, and the Needs of Seniors.
For more information, visit www.uwayac.org or call 865.483.8431.
Your Dollar Will Make a Difference,
Doing More With Less
--Tom Hilton, 2012 Campaign Chair
In United Way of Anderson County’s 2012 Campaign Video, available online through www.uwayac.org, service recipient Carly says, “I know it’s easy to say you can’t afford it, but you have no idea what I couldn’t afford if it wasn’t for your help….” These economic times have been difficult on all of us and as this recession persists the needs of this community increase. Once middle class families are having to choose between paying the electric bill and buying groceries. We have homebound seniors whose only human contact may be the visit from their home health worker. There are hundreds of children that need safe and affordable afterschool care. We have real problems in this community and United Way of Anderson County has real solutions.
“Raising enough money to sustain services in this coming year is going to take the generous participation of this entire community,” says 2012 UWAC Campaign Chair, Tom Hilton of Y-12 Federal Credit Union. “We were thrilled to hear the theme of the campaign at Oak Ridge National Laboratory this year was 100% participation. Imagine the impact that could be made if EVERY employee in Anderson County gave a dollar a week. A commitment like that could generate $1.8 million!”
What can you do with a dollar? It’s not enough for a cup of coffee, pack of gum or even enough for a soda from a machine anymore. A dollar a week in the hands of UWAC community partners can change lives. “Our community partners are so efficient with their allocations. They are able to use grants, leveraging, matching and such resourceful strategies to serve more with less.” says, Buzz Patrick, UWAC Fund Distribution Chair. Have a look at what your dollars can do in the hands of UWAC’s Community Partners:
$1 per week ($52 year) can provide:
• 32 hours of after school programming for girls in Clinton with Girls Inc.
• 3 families provided garden supplies to grow $1400 of food from Green Thumb
• 3 families provided with furnishings by the Ecumenical Storehouse
$2 per week (approximately $100 per year) can provide:
• 5 children take part in the “Skills for the Future” program at Children’s Museum
• 2 children can participate in the ARC’s summer playground for children with
• 2 people receive the Kidney Early Evaluation Program from National Kidney Foundation
$5 per week (approximately $250 per year) can provide:
• 3 youth can participate in the Boys & Girls Club of the Clinch Valley Educational/Social Program
• 1 child receives the support and advocacy in the court system by Court Appointed
Special Advocates (CASA)
• 1 child with Epilepsy can attend camp for a week
If you already give to United Way, THANK YOU, if not, please consider the difference your dollar(s) can make. Together, we can touch lives and create lasting change in our community.
UWAC and its 36 community partners with 63 vital programs address three core needs of our community: Basic Human needs, Youth Development, and the Needs of Seniors.
See other examples of how far your $'s can go!