New fundraising season to begin for United Way of NWLA programs and services

United Way or Northwest Louisiana will host their Annual Campaign Kickoff on Wednesday, August 28 at 8 a.m.

This event serves as a rally to begin community fundraising for local programs and services across Northwest Louisiana. Guests of the event will represent the companies dedicated to the mission of improving lives in the areas of health, education, financial stability and essential needs. These local companies ranging from 10 employees to over one-thousand, hold workplace fundraising campaigns and/or volunteer with signature United Way NWLA events.

The fundraising season runs from September through March and the funds raised will be used to benefit multiple nonprofit agencies that focus on serving the ALICE population.

The kickoff will set goals and address the most critical needs in Northwest Louisiana communities.

The breakfast, sponsored by Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino and Red River Bank, will feature guest speaker, Justin Batterton with Shreveport Teen Challenge. Batterton will offer a powerful story of triumph and how our community of nonprofits intercepted his life.

This event will also mark the end of Pacesetter season by honoring the companies who set the pace to run their fundraising campaigns early. They will be recognized for collectively raising hundreds of thousands of dollars between June 1 to August 31. The pre-season fundraising amount will be revealed during the breakfast Kickoff.

In 2018, nearly 30 Pacesetter companies raised a collective $656,405 with most of that total coming from AEP SWEPCO and Caddo Parish Schools.

Tickets to attend the breakfast can be reserved online for $25 each at https://unitedwaynwla.org/2019kickoff. Table sponsorships are also available. If interested, please contact Tori Thomas at 318-677-2504 Ext. 136 or Tori@unitedwaynwla.org<mailto:Tori@unitedwaynwla.org>. Doors open at 8 a.m., program starts at 8:30 a.m.