United Way of Central Alabama’s Pacesetter Campaign has $12.8 million goal

Pacesetter Chairman (L) Scott McGlaun and Campaign Chairman (R) John Owen with Pacesetter Loaned Executives, Melissa Osborne, Robin Nelson and Bakari Miller.

Representatives from more than 60 companies and community organizations helped kick off United Way of Central Alabama’s 2017 Pacesetter Campaign where Pacesetter chair, Scott McGlaun, Chief Information Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama announced a goal of $12.8 million for the summer fundraising campaign. This campaign will run through June and July and precedes the larger fundraising campaign happening in the fall.

The event featured guest speaker Lurenda Avery, a former client of the Amelia Center, a United Way partner agency that provides comprehensive grief counseling. Avery spoke about the loss of her first child, who was born prematurely. The Amelia Center provided counseling for Lurenda and her husband after the death of her daughter and helped her deal with the anxieties of having another child.

“When I look at the need of the community, the needs are greater than ever,” said John Owen, Senior Executive Vice President, Regions Financial Corporation and the 2017 General Campaign Chairman. “One statistic that really sticks in my mind is that today, in this country, we have 47 percent of Americans who can’t handle a $400 emergency. The difference between them being okay and not okay is only $400. That’s how important having a safety net like United Way is to our community.”

Also introduced were the three loaned executives for the summer campaign, Bakari Miller from Regions Bank, Robin Nelson from Alabama Power Company and Melissa Osborne from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. Loaned Executives play a crucial role in developing and implementing fundraising initiatives through workplace campaigns. Their participation helps keep fundraising costs low, leading to increased investments in the lives of people who need services.

“Being a Loaned Executive is] an amazing opportunity to volunteer and help raise funds for all the community services that are supported by United Way and make an impact and be the boots on the ground for such a worthy cause,” Osborne said.


The 2017 Pacesetter companies are:

Altec Inc                                                                                                                                                          American Red Cross – Mid Alabama Region                                                                                               America’s First Federal Credit Union                                                                                                                       Arc of Walker County                                                                                                                                         Arlington Properties Inc.
Avadian Credit Union                                                                                                                                                Balch & Bingham LLP                                                                                                                                             Bayer Properties LLC                                                                                                                                 BioHorizons Inc.                                                                                                                                          Birmingham Business Alliance                                                                                                                       Blount County Children’s Center                                                                                                                            Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama                                                                                                             Buffalo Rock Company                                                                                                                                     Building Specialties Company Inc.
Burr & Forman LLP                                                                                                                                           Cadence Bank                                                                                                                                                  Children’s of Alabama                                                                                                                                         Cobbs Allen                                                                                                                                                           Coca-Cola Bottling Company United Inc.                                                                                                            Downs and Company                                                                                                                                           Dunn Investment Company
EGS Commercial Real Estate                                                                                                                             Ernst & Young LLP
First Bank of Jasper                                                                                                                                      Goodwyn Mills & Cawood                                                                                                                                 Gorbel Inc.                                                                                                                                                           Graham & Company LLC                                                                                                                         Grandview Medical Center                                                                                                                             Harbert Management Corporation                                                                                                                   Hoar Construction LLC                                                                                                                                    Infinity Insurance                                                                                                                                                 ITAC Solutions                                                                                                                                                 Jemison Metals
Legacy YMCA                                                                                                                                                      Mayer Electric Supply Company
Maynard Cooper & Gale PC
McGriff Seibels & Williams Inc.                                                                                                                 McWane Inc.
Medical Properties Trust Inc.                                                                                                                   MotionMobs
National Bank of Commerce
Navigate Affordable Housing Partners                                                                                                              O’Neal Industries
Pipehorn Utility Tool Company                                                                                                                      Portfolio Recovery Associates                                                                                                                         Robins & Morton
ServisFirst Bank                                                                                                                                                    Shipt
Sirote & Permutt PC                                                                                                                                     SouthPoint Bank                                                                                                                                                 Sterilite of Alabama                                                                                                                                           Target Stores                                                                                                                                                  Timberline Management
Turner Batson                                                                                                                                                    United Ability                                                                                                                                                    United Way of Central Alabama Inc.                                                                                                       University of Alabama at Birmingham                                                                                                 USAmeribank                                                                                                                                                       Vulcan Materials
Warren Averett LLC                                                                                                                                              WBRC Television Fox 6                                                                                                                                     White Plume Technologies                                                                                                                                   YMCA of Greater Birmingham

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