This year’s United Way of Baldwin County Campaign season started with a bang as businesses and charities around Baldwin County came together to celebrate community, friendship and the power of giving.
Led by Leon Hill, Chairman, United Way of Baldwin County, the Luncheon featured an Invocation by St. Paul’s Reverend, Thack Dyson followed by a nice rendition of the National Anthem by the St. Paul’s Choir. Amy Johnson, a sophomore at Gulf Shores High School, gave a beautiful testimonial of how becoming involved, especially as a young person, has changed her life for the better and allowed her to influence others in a positive way as well.
The guest speaker, Auburn Football Superstar, Quentin Riggins, spoke about what he knew best, football. After years as a sideline journalist, Quentin’s analysis of the game, teams and coaching is unparalleled and his point of view on the SEC for this year were enlightening. His speech focused around the idea of “getting off the sidelines.” He reminisced about Coach Dye leading the Auburn team to the local Children’s Hospital for the afternoon after practices, and remembering the smiles that their presence put on so many faces of the children. That feeling is what all we need to be striving for; Riggins enforced, and can be achieved by “getting in the game.”
The United Way of Baldwin County also took the time to honor some outstanding local companies that have been pivotal in the United Way’s success. The “Leading Companies of the Year” were Vulcan, Inc., Goodrich, and Vision Bank. Foley High School took the award for “School of the Year,” and Ascend Performance Materials received the award for most “Spirited Campaign.”
Kaiser Realty is proud to have been a “Leadership Sponsor” for the United Way of Baldwin County 2011 Campaign Kick Off Luncheon, and a year round supporter of United Way.
For more information on the United Way of Baldwin County, visit www.unitedway-bc.org.