United Fund kicks off with $120K goal

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Gail Hayes, Todd Sasser and Misty Jones pick up fundraising packets at  United Fund’s kickoff breakfast Tuesday.

Gail Hayes, Todd Sasser and Misty Jones pick up fundraising packets at United Fund’s kickoff breakfast Tuesday.

United Fund kicked off its 2016 campaign Tuesday with a breakfast at the heliport at South Alabama Regional Airport.

United Fund president Amanda Davis Wardle said the organization has set a $120,000 goal, which would be approximately $10,000 more than raised or agencies in 2015.

“We want businesses to know if they want to know more, or have us share with them, they can call. We will come and talk to employees about what we are doing for the community and how they can help.”

While some prefer to give a little each paycheck, others prefer to give one-time donations, she said.

“We happily accept either.”


Wardle, who manages Cadence Bank, said in her own business employees will have an opportunity to contribute to United Fund in exchange for a casual Friday.

“There are a lot of ways you can make fundraising fun for your business,” she said.

United Fund of Covington County is adding two new agencies this year as recipients of their efforts – Bethesda House, a domestic violence shelter raising funds to reopen, and St. Mary’s Rice and Beans Ministry which provides food staples monthly to those in need.

United Fund also is funding:

• American Red Cross of Covington County

• Boy Scouts

• Lucile Pierce Family Literacy Center

• Covington County Imagination Library

• Covington County Adult Training Center

• Covington County 4-H Clubs

• Andalusia Community Christmas

• Youth Sports Recreation Boards (Andalusia, Opp and Covington County)

• SAFE of Covington County – a Sex and Family Education division of Sav-A-Life.

• Public libraries (Andalusia, Florala and Opp).

• Crossover Ministries

• Governor’s Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities

• Sav-A-Life Pregnancy Resource Center

• Opp Benevolence Fund

• Opp Meals on Wheels

• Andalusia Adult Activity Center

Contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 1791, Andalusia, AL 36420.

Board members are Bridges Anderson
Alan Bracewell
Wayne Bush
Debbie Butts
Dawn Carnley
Shannon Driver
Terry Holley
Mark Ingram
Misty Jones
Judy Kelley
Tari McClung
Wem Mellown
Denise Patterson
Michael Smithart
Mitch Thorn
Alan Thrash
Ted Watson
Amanda Wardle