United Way of the Pine Belt Region hosted its official fall campaign kickoff this month with a breakfast meeting at Sanderson Farms, Inc. corporate headquarters in Laurel.  

More than $436,000.00 in early pledge results were announced by Russ Griffin, who is regional campaign chairman. The pledges are corporate and employee donations from 14 “Pacesetter” companies that conduct a campaign in August each year.  

“Be a Driving Force for Caring” is the 2019 campaign slogan, with a race-car theme. United Way Executive Director Rhonda Gilbert surprised the audience by bursting through a makeshift brick wall in a driving suit and helmet to emphasize the theme, accompanied by the music “I Can’t Drive 55!”  

The campaign goal for 2019 is $660,000, which means the early campaign pledges are 66 percent of that goal and an indication of a successful campaign.  

For more information, contact the office of United Way of the Pine Belt Region at 601-428-8459 or at office@uwpbr.org.

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