Let the fundraising commence.

Let the fundraising commence.

On Thursday, the Carthage Area United Way held a kick-off luncheon to begin the 2013/2014 fundraising year. This year’s campaign chair, Amanda Fosdick, with Hometown Bank, announced to the crowd gathered at the Broadview Country Club that the goal this year will be $300,000.

“I am very excited to be a part of the United Way,” Fosdick said. “I know we can meet and exceed this goal with the help of everyone here.”

Local supporters and leaders of the 13 area agencies and organizations met the volunteer campaign cabinet, board members and watched a video on the United Way and how all donations help in various ways.

Three years ago, the United Way started a Carthage High School United Way Student Advocates group. Since then, the group has grown and contributed with various fundraisers and promoted the United Way. Alex Kennedy, CHS junior and president of the group, has been involved since the group’s establishment.

“It started out that I didn’t know anything about it, I just got involved through peer pressure – but the more I learned about what the United Way does, and who they help it all seemed so meaningful to me,” Kennedy said. “The money goes to such great causes, and it’s all given to people in need. That’s what’s great about this charity more so than others.”

This year’s campaigning theme is “Our goal is not just about giving … It’s about living … United!”

The 13 Area Agencies / Organizations benefiting from the Carthage Area United Way
A.C.H.E. Dental Clinic
Americna Red Cross
Carthage Crisis Center
Carthage Crosslines Ministries
Carthage Salvation Army
Cerebral Palsy of Tri-County
Children’s Haven of Southwest Missouri
Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland
Ozark Trails Council Boy Scouts of America
Jasper County 4-H
Lafayette House
Special Olympics Missouri
–    In 2012, these agencies served more than 14,000 children and adults

2013/2014 Volunteer Campaign Cabinet
Amanda Fosdick, campaign chair
Tyler Smith, campaign vice chair
Kimberly Fullerton, Division 1: business, industry and finance
Robyn Paul, Division 2: small business and commercial
Lonnie Heckmaster, Division 3: advanced gifts
Bob Williams, Division 4: public service
Bonnie Earl, county
Tom Short, city
Laurel Rosenthal, school
Tracy Lemmons and Colette St. Peter, hospital
Susan Wendleton, utilities
Dr. Jon Haffner, Division 5: professional

Board of Directors
Jerry Poston, president
E. Wayne Wilson, vice president
Denise Robertson, secretary
Amy Campbell, treasurer
Amanda Fosdick, campaign chair
Tyler Smith, campaign vice chair

United Way executive director Jenny Mansfield and administrative assistant Janet Staggs may be reached at the United Way office, 616 W. Centennial Ave., at 358-2948 or email unitedway@ecarthage.com.