Story and photo by Benjamin Cox, WLDS/WEAI
Prairieland United Way’s annual meeting held at Waters Edge Winery on Wednesday, April 12, wrapped up the previous year’s fundraising campaign.
The campaign raised $469,500.
Co-chair of this year’s annual campaign, Cammie Symons, says that she and her husband, Stephen, enjoyed working hard to help the local community and taking on the challenge of bringing the United Way mission to everyone.
Even with their prior work with Prairieland United Way’s allocation committees, Cammie Symons says that they both learned a whole lot more about the inner workings of United Way and the organizations it serves: “You just don’t realize how much that $10 you give towards the United Way goes towards making a difference in the community and in someone’s life.”
The evening wrapped up last night with the Helen Baldwin Award. The 2019 campaign co-chairs, David and Nicole Meyer, were this year’s winner. Board president Marcy Jones presented the award on behalf of the Prairieland United Way, highlighting the Meyers’ creation of the popular Price Is United event and the Arenzville “Run 4 the Goo” 5K race as ways to raise funds each year.
The United Way is currently working on their annual food drive, which is running now through May 26. Food from the drive will be distributed at their annual Summerfest on June 14 in Community Park.