Celebrating a Lifetime of Giving

How long have you been giving to United Way? United Way of Central Alabama has identified 75 people who have been giving for 50 years or more, a lifetime of giving. In their honor the Legacy Gifts Committee, chaired by Mallie Ireland, held a luncheon on Thursday, October 29th at The Club to appreciate these very special donors. The event began as a delightful reunion of friends who shared memories and current news over a delicious lunch.

Charles Collat and his daughter Nancy Collat Goedecke
Charles Collat and his daughter Nancy Collat Goedecke

The brief program was emceed by Ms. Ireland who announced that the theme of the luncheon was United Way: Past, Present and Future. She introduced Charles Collat, CEO emeritus of Mayer Electric who spoke about his experiences supporting United Way over many years as volunteer and donor. United Way has great meaning for him. He, with his late wife Patsy, went door to door soliciting donors during campaigns dating back to 1955.

He is also a member of the Million Dollar Round Table. He then proudly introduced his daughter, Nancy Collat Goedecke, who is the 2015 Campaign Chair. She shared her experiences growing up in a family that believed in United Way. This belief inspires her leadership in this year’s campaign. Drew Langloh, President and CEO of United Way, talked about the future of United Way.

Continuing to support effective agencies, United Way also works to meet future needs by collaborating with many community leaders from many sectors to increase community outcomes in health, education and financial stability. This effort is called the Bold Goals Coalition.

Those in attendance included Neal Berte, Ben Branscomb, Charles Collat and Joanna Gotlieb, Miriam Davies, Wayne Finley, Joe Gamble, Joyce Greathouse, Glenda and Elmer Harris, Mary Louise Hodges, Mamie Hymes, Mallie Ireland, Dottie Krusen, Betty Loeb, Lynette McCary, Kathy and Mark Myatt, Peggy Ragland, Ann and Goodloe Rutland, Lynne Simmons, Nancy Smith, Pat Weil, and Alice Williams.

The luncheon was a great opportunity to fellowship and honor those who have been steadfast advocates for the mission of United Way and its agencies. We are grateful to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and Leaf & Petal for sponsoring this event.

If you know someone who has been giving to United Way for 50 years or more please tell us by contact Amy Scofield at 458-2035 or ascofield@uwca.org.