Bob Hardaway led the charge in 2019 as the United Way of Northwest Georgia campaign chair.

Seeing the great need in our community, he volunteered to chair the campaign. Hardaway has been an avid supporter of United Way for more than 20 years. He has always given generously of both his financial resources and of his time. Chairing the campaign can be a challenge, but he rose to the occasion. He believes strongly in United Way’s commitment to improving lives and creating lasting change. Having seen firsthand the impact of United Way, Hardaway and his team set a record-breaking goal of $4.125 million.

Hardaway’s passion for United Way and the people of this community is genuine and evident the moment he begins sharing about United Way. He recently gathered the United Way campaign cabinet and board members to celebrate and announce that the community did indeed rise to the occasion and met the $4.125 million goal.

“United Way is important to the people of Whitfield and Murray counties because United Way ensures that we are helping families who need the support," Hardaway said. "The assistance provided by various United Way community partners can be the difference in establishing a strong foundation for families, which in turn creates a stronger community. United Way brings together the people, passion and resources to create lasting change. We set an aggressive goal and we achieved it thanks to the hard work and dedication of our campaign cabinet and board members."

United Way President Amanda Burt said: "From corporate partners, philanthropists investing $10,000 or more in the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, Women’s Leadership Council members giving $1,000 each, Young Leaders Society members pledging $365, employees giving through payroll deduction and other individual gifts, more than 10,500 local United Way donors contributed to the 2019 campaign. We are thankful to live in a community where a giving spirit is an integral part of everyday life.”

During the campaign, companies and individual donors all across the community joined forces to ensure that the community is “Building Better Futures.” United Way improves the lives of more than 55,000 individuals and families in Whitfield and Murray counties each year.

The 2019 United Way campaign cabinet members include: Hardaway, Shaw Industries Inc.; Isaiah Bosma, Polymer Solutions Group; Danny Crutchfield, Shaw Industries Inc.; James Dixon, Signature Flooring; Piet Dossche, Shaw Industries Inc.; J.T. Finley, Maryville Jewelers of Dalton; David Gregg, Bank of Ozarks; Bob Lee, BeauFlor USA; Chuck McClurg, Shaw Industries Inc.; Jim Murphy, Shaw Industries Inc.; Sparky Roberts, Textile Rubber & Chemical Co.; Katie Rowe, Shaw Industries Inc.; Pat Sain, Material Handling Inc.; Pete Sigmon, Shaw Industries Inc.; Chad Thompson, Shaw Industries Inc.; Karen Townsend, community volunteer; Jared Warnack, Phenix Flooring; Terry Wilson, Textile Rubber & Chemical Co.; and Joe Young, Engineered Floors.

The public is invited to join Kim Thames, 2019 board chair, and Joe Young, 2020 board chair, for United Way’s Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards on March 10 at 3:30 p.m. at Stage 123 in downtown Dalton. Campaign awards for top performers will be given out, as well as the Elaine Butler Award for volunteerism in Murray County, the Connie Woodward Award for volunteerism in Whitfield County and the Elbert Shaw Memorial Scholarship.

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