United Way kicks off in Hawaiian style
Posted by : September 28, 2013| On :
The Monitor Correspondent
ATHENS–A warm Hawaiian breeze drifted through the Athens Country Club Sept. 25 for the Henderson County United Way fundraiser kickoff. More than 140 guests received a pep talk from motivational author David Slaughter, who had high praise for the Henderson County branch, for the 90 percent of all donations received benefitting local charities. Only 10 percent of funds raised go toward administrative costs. Slaughter added, “When they asked me speak, they asked what my fee was and I said nothing. They said that works great with our budget!” Slaughter’s newest book is titled “Major Opportunities: the door is wide open.” He added that he donates a portion of all his book sales to charities.
The Henderson County United Way has set a goal of $185,000 for businesses and organizations attending the luncheon to fill through their fundraising efforts, among their employees and associates.
The theme this year is “No Kind Heart Lacks a Reward,” a wise saying among the ancient Hawaiians, which campaign chairman Tony Kalawe recited in Hawaiian for the audience to learn.
“A‘ohe lokomaika’i, i nele i ke pa na’i.” The message was not lost in the translation. Kalawe reminded guests the true importance of giving first, before asking co-workers and others to join in. “But we can have fun too,” he said. “All our events we have planned will have this same Hawaiian theme, it just adds some excitement to the campaign.”
The next planned event is set for Saturday, Oct.10. The Farmers Market in the city parking lot will include cheeseburgers, Hawaiian-style and authentic tropical shaved ice. It begins at noon and is sponsored by the Central Business Association.
This year, United Way has selected 21 local organizations to receive assistance, ranging from the American Red Cross to the East Texas Crisis Center, Meals on Wheels and an emergency fund to assist the elderly.
When a UW volunteer asks you to make a donation, ask to see the complete list of deserving charities, so you can designate where you would prefer your donation be sent.