The United Way of Sumner County held the 2013 Campaign Kickoff Tour in five Sumner County cities, making a stop in White House at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.

The United Way, started 126 years ago in 1887, is a service organization dedicated to mobilizing the caring power of communities and making a difference in people’s lives.

Former Democratic State Representative Mike McDonald will be heading up the event as the 2013 chairman for the fundraising campaign. McDonald retired from the General Assembly after nine terms in the House of Representatives.

“As a legislator, I have traveled all over the state in all 95 counties at one time or another,” McDonald said. “It is hard to beat Sumner County but even in this affluent county, people struggle on a daily basis. That is why United Way is important and can make a difference in the lives of those people and their families.”

“Dr. Phillips was the chairman in 2012 and helped raise a record breaking $816,628 which was a 14-percent increase over the 2011 campaign,” McDonald said. “The goal for 2013 is to raise $875,000 dollars and it will take everyone pulling together and helping out to get to that number.”

Over 4,100 citizens, companies, and other organizations gave to the Sumner County United Way during the 2012 campaign.

White House Mayor Mike Arnold hopes the City of White House becomes very involved in the 2013 United Way fundraising campaign.

“We are looking to encourage more of our employees to be more involved,” Arnold said about the United Way campaign. “I know I have already challenged our White House board to be more involved.”

“We previously had a bowling tournament in Hendersonville and had a huge turnout,” he added. “We are going to take that and try to build on that and do even better in the upcoming year.”

According to United Way Director Dana Givens, 54,000 needs were met in Sumner County in the last year as a result of the campaign contributions during the 2012 campaign.

The Hope Food Bank of White House, located at 212 Portland Road, is working with the Sumner County United Way to distribute food, groceries, and meals to people who are in emergency situations and live in White House.

“We are so thankful for the United Way with the donations we get,” Hope Food Bank Director Troy Russell said about the organization. “Everyone wants to give in October, November and December but when January or June hits, our supplies get low. The United Way gives us a check that helps us out immensely during those times.”

For more information about the 2013 campaign, as well as any information about giving to the United Way, please call 615-461-8371, visit the United Way of Sumner County at 1531 Hunt Club Boulevard Suite 110 Gallatin, TN 37066, or visit the website at http://unitedwaysumner.org/.

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