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Shaw kicks off UF drive with #036;17,000

Dr. Jim Krudop has thrown down the gauntlet.

Krudop, chairman of the Andalusia United Fund fund drive, announced this year's goal at the kickoff luncheon held yesterday at the Kiwanis building.

"Our goal is $120,000," he said as he addressed the crowd."It seems like a lot, but when Andalusia does something, it does it in a big way – time and time again."

Krudop singled out several "Pacesetters" – those organizations who lead the way in either donations or employee commitment, or both. Among those honored were Shaw Industries, and AES. Krudop also noted the City of Andalusia and Covington County for their involvement in this year's campaign, and J.C. Penney's for the high percentage of employee involvement.

Richard Brown, publisher 0f the Star-News and current president of the Andalusia United Fund, volunteered to "kiss a pig" if both city and county get 100 percent participation from their employees.

"But I get pick the pig," he added.

"This is not about making money," Brown went on to say."This is about making a difference in people's lives. The need today is greater than ever and we have the ability to meet those needs."

He encouraged the community to "Think from your heart."

Joining Brown and Krudop at the head table were Speaker Seth Hammett, Covington County Commission Chairman Greg White, UF Past President George Proctor Sr., UF Vice President Ron Haag,, the Chamber of Commerce Director Betti Reynolds, Andalusia Mayor Earl Johnson, Martha Dixon, and Father Bob Randall of St. Mary's Episcopal Church.

Brown welcomed Florala Mayor Glenn Zorn and the Campaign chairman of the Opp United Fund, Brett Ballard.

"This is the year we reenergize and refocus," Brown said, before introducing Haag, who addressed

the Andalusia United Fund's new dedication to covering all of the county, not just the city.

"What is your concept of community?" he asked. "We're excited about Florala being on board the Pleasant Home area as well, and red Level, Straughn, Fleeta…."

He called the broader coverage "a new vision."

"We believe in the success of those fundraiser," he said.