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A sweet start

United Way of Kershaw County kicks off 2011 campaign with visits to donor organizations, businesses

Posted: September 15, 2010 9:53 a.m.
Updated: September 15, 2010 9:42 a.m.

The United Way of Kershaw County kicked off its yearly campaign Monday, with the highlight coming early in the morning when Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan took a pie in the face outside the Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC).

“We like to put the fun in dysfunctional,” announced Morgan shortly before taking repeated clumps of whipped cream to the face. “…I’ll take a pie in the face from anyone who wants to donate $1,000 to the United Way…”

Sharon Clyburn -- representing ATEC’s nursing program, which raised the most money for Relay for Life to earn the honor -- had the privilege of serving Morgan the pie.

ATEC hosted a breakfast for the faculty and several representatives from United Way, including President Donny Supplee, Campaign/Communications Coordinator Pam Spivey and Director of Finance and Administration Janis Gardner and this year’s campaign chair, Johnny Deal.

From ATEC, the United Way crew visited the Oak-Mitsui plant on Battleship Road, where employees posed in front the “fund-raising thermometer,” setting a goal of $4,000 for its employees.

After Oak-Mitsui, it was on to the Savage, Royall and Sheheen law firm, where the group collected stacks of children’s books for literacy and the residents at New Day on Mill women’s housing.

William Cox spoke on behalf of the Savage firm and Matt Irick for Sheheen, Hancock and Godwin, another leading local business.

The crew then went to speak with Karen Eckford and other employees at NBSC bank in Camden. Eckford chairs the leadership division for the campaign, which means giving $500 annually. At a later lunch, Eckford talked about the women-only pajama party at the Robert Mills Courthouse in Camden Sept. 30 and the Restaurant Run at several Camden diners on Oct. 21, two fund-raising events.

The day’s events wrapped up with a hot dog and hamburger lunch provided by the ALPHA Center at the United Way office.

Speaking at the lunch with the public division was Debbie Massalon of Mental Health America; John Bowers with the city of Camden; Thoyd Warren with the Kershaw County Board of Disabilities; and Harriet Reid with New Day on Mill.
Last year, the United Way campaign raised approximately $530,000. The goal is right around the same figure this year.

During the lunch, Supplee explained that he views the schools and public employees as the most necessary givers.

It’s the schools and public’s job, along with the campaign, to spread the word to businesses and others.

Last year, the schools raised approximately $90,000 thanks to students and staff. Supplee said it’s looking already as though the students will greatly exceed the $12,000 they raised themselves. School district employees have pledged more than $67,000 to the campaign.

The largest goal for this year is from the industrial sector, which is listed at $190,000.

For information on events or to donate, contact the United Way at 425-8533 or visit its Web site at

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