Monday, July 15, 2024

United Way of Northwest Louisiana Raises $1.9 Million for Community Programs

by BIZ Magazine

United Way of Northwest Louisiana (UWNWLA) celebrated a remarkable achievement at its annual event, Tails and Ales: A Celebration of Impact, held on March 7. The organization, along with local businesses, rejoiced over raising $1.9 million to support programs benefiting Northwest Louisiana. Sponsored by Margaritaville Resort Casino, Raymond James, Liberty Energy, Prolec GE, ANECA Federal Credit Union, Frymaster, First Guaranty Bank, and Eagle Distributing Shreveport, the event highlighted the profound impact of community collaboration.

The funds raised through Tails and Ales reflect an impact value of nearly ten million for the region, significantly aiding over 100,000 lives through UWNWLA programs and nonprofit services. With a commitment to serving ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) citizens, the allocations will address critical needs and enhance the well-being of individuals and families across Northwest Louisiana.

UWNWLA’s annual campaign, a cornerstone of its fundraising efforts, engages companies in conducting workplace fundraisers, fostering a culture of philanthropy and community involvement among employees. Recognizing the vital role of businesses in effecting change, Tails and Ales honored hundreds of organizations for their contributions through workplace campaigns, volunteer engagement, and advocacy.

“Part of a true United Way Campaign goes beyond the pledge form,” remarked LaToria W. Thomas, President & CEO of UWNWLA. “We are grateful to have supporters who truly know what it means to Live United and embody the United Way spirit through their advocacy, volunteerism, and support. They preach, live, and breathe our mission and are the reason for our success. We are honored and eager to celebrate them every year.”

The celebratory event at Margaritaville Resort Casino Bossier City featured a delightful seafood boil, live music by Professor Porkchop and the Dirty Dishes, local brewery beverages, cornhole, raffle prizes, and a program recognizing outstanding contributions. Among the honorees were Grant Nuckolls and Andrew Crawford, co-owners of Cuban Liquor, recipients of the distinguished Clyde E. Fant Memorial Award. Their Rare Whisky Raffle raised $28,000 for UWNWLA’s education program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, exemplifying a profound commitment to community welfare.

UWNWLA’s unwavering dedication to the health, education, financial stability, and essential needs of individuals across its ten-parish footprint is made possible through the support and collaboration of businesses and individuals dedicated to making a difference. By recognizing their efforts and achievements, UWNWLA underscores the collective impact of community partnership in driving positive change.

The success of Tails and Ales serves as a testament to the generosity and goodwill of the Northwest Louisiana community, reflecting a shared commitment to fostering a thriving and resilient region for all.

Award Recipients at Tails & Ales: A Celebration of Impact

  • Clyde E. Fant Memorial Award: Grant Nuckolls and Andrew Crawford, Cuban Liquor
  • Top Campaign Award: Williams Companies
  • Life of the Party: International Paper, Red River Mill
  • Live United: Bossier Parish Libraries
  • Movers & Shakers Award: McElroy Metal
  • Servant’s Heart Award (Individual): Paige Lasyone
  • Servant’s Heart Award (Companies): AETNA & KSLA NEWS 12
  • Outstanding Ambassador: Waynesha Hall, Enterprise Holdings
  • Trailblazer Award: Bayou State Oil
  • Lifetime Supporter Award: Craig & Judy Storer, Storer Services
  • Community Partner Awards: American Red Cross & SPAR

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