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What’s the best way to describe United Way of Hall County’s Annual Celebration? Think of it like New Year’s Eve for the nonprofit group.
“It’s a time for us to reflect on the past year and to celebrate successes,” said Jackie Wallace, president of the organization which aims to unite people, organizations and resources to improve lives.
According to the numbers, the event was indeed cause for celebration. By funding 50 programs through 27 organizations, United Way of Hall County impacted more than 60,000 local people over the past year. To make it all possible, donors invested more than $1.5 million.
Those who benefit run the gamut: students who can’t afford school supplies, the homeless, the hungry and many more in need from around the community.
Lt. Arnaldo Pena, a corps officer with the local Salvation Army, said funds given to the charitable organization “help us to keep our services going throughout the year. We serve the community with food, we help people in need to pay rent and utilities, and we also have a homeless shelter.”
Individuals like Pena and organizations with programs that receive funds through United Way were all recognized for their charitable efforts.
Following that, awards were given out. Kenny Gee got the Give Award, which honors faithful donors. Susan Daniell received the Volunteer award for the contribution of her time and talents to the community. Cheryl Christian was honored for her work in representing those without a voice.
Christian is executive director of Good News Clinics: medical and dental care facilities that provide care to uninsured residents of Hall County who can’t afford healthcare. “The funding (from United Way) helps us reach more people,”
Christian said. “United Way is a very strong partner for our clinic and for all the agencies they help.”
Wallace said it’s a collaborative effort. “We are a fortunate community to have passion and expertise in abundance throughout the area, as well as a willingness to collaborate and work together.”