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The United Way of East Mississippi held its “official” kickoff on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at the famed Dentzel Carousel in Meridian’s Highland Park.

“It’s an appropriate place to have the kickoff,” commented Dusty Culpepper, Chairman of United Way’s campaign.

“The carousel represents all that’s good about East Mississippi, the rich history and the community spirit shared by its residents, its people. We owe it to our 22 partner agencies and our community to have a successful campaign.” Derron Radcliff, Executive Director of United Way of East Mississippi says, “I couldn’t be more thrilled about the success of our kickoff. We wanted to create an event that was fun and provided insight on the United Way. I am excited about this year’s campaign and I am confident that we will have a successful and impactful year.”

Dr. Angela Payne, Chairwoman of United Way of East Mississippi’s Board of Directors said that, “the community truly stepped right up to support our 2018-2019 kickoff. If the success of tonight is any indication of the year to come, I can only see a successful campaign.”

Kym Parnell, Pacesetter Chair, announced the 2018-2019 Pacesetter companies at the kickoff:Anderson Regional Medical Center, BankPlus, Citizens National Bank, The City of Meridian, EMBDC, First State Bank, Great Southern National Bank, Meridian Coca Cola, Meridian Community College, Mitchell Companies, Meyer & Rosenbaum,Regions Bank, Mississippi Power Company, Rush Health Systems, Trustmark Bank, WMDN/WGBC Television, and WTOK- TV.

“Pacesetter companies, jump start the campaign and set the pace for everyone else to follow. They are the companies that truly kickoff the campaign.” says Parnell.

Contributions to the United Way of East Mississippi, stay local and help support their 22 partner agencies and seven impact programs. The 22 Partner Agencies are: BEEP, Boys & Girls Club, Boys Scouts of America - Choctaw Area Council, Care Lodge, The Carter Foundation, Camp Eagle Ridge, Feed by Faith, Free Clinic of Meridian, Foster Grandparent’s, God’s Closet, Habitat for Humanity, Hope Village for Children, Meals on Wheels, Meridian Freedom Project, Mississippi Combine, Neshoba Christian Women’s Job Corp, Neshoba County 4-H, Opens Arms, Salvation Army, and Wesley House.

The United Way of East Mississippi’s Impact Initiatives are: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Emergency Food & Shelter Program, FamilyWize, Income Tax Preparation Program, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, State Health Insurance Assistance Program, and Stuff the Bus.

About the United Way of East Mississippi: The mission of the United Way of East Mississippi is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community by giving, advocating, and volunteering. The United Way of East Mississippi supports 22 partner agencies and 7 impact programs, serving the counties of Clarke, Kemper, Lauderdale, and Neshoba. For more information, visit www.uwem.org or call 601-693-2732


Dusty Culpepper - Campaign Chairman

Dusty Culpepper serves as the 2018 - 2019 Campaign Chairman for United Way of East Mississippi. Dusty is employed with Anderon Regional Medical Center as Director of Physician Outreach and Recruitment