Corporate Kickoff: United Way honors top corporate contributors

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Sept. 24, 2008 - Hopkins County United Way officials were very optimistic the 2008-2009 campaign will meet and likely exceed its $150,000 goal during Tuesday's CEO Luncheon, honoring officials from the 15 top businesses and industries contributing to last year's campaign, as well as the HCUW Board, and the Budget and Allocations Committee.

"I know the troubles of our times. Because times are like this, this is a more important time for United Way and for the agencies and the population United Way takes care of. They need all the help they can get. We need to give a little extra bit to help," HCUW 2008-09 Campaign Chairman John Sellers told the business executives.

He said that at $150,000, this goal shows just how "fiscally responsible" the United Way Board, and Budget and Allocations Committee are with the 2008-2009 goal.

"This is going to be a great year. I'm looking forward to it. I'm going to go ahead and go out and say I'll be coming to you at the end of October to say we've had a successful campaign. But, this depends on you," Sellers notes, pointing to the many business officers and representatives present Tuesday. "We need you to help all you can."

Texas A&M University-Commerce's new president, Dr. Dan Jones, noted that in his positions in various communities in Texas and other states over the years he's learned that support of United Way says a lot about the people and type of community.

"Sulphur Springs is a great community, this event is special. When I go into a new community a strong United Way tells me they know what matters," said Dr. Jones, the Tuesday's keynote speaker, adding the importance of organization and acting responsibly in a caring an compassionate way.

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