Albertville, Alabama – United Way of Marshall County hosted its 2023-2024 Campaign Celebration and Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, March 5th, at the Progress Rail Auditorium in Albertville. The event, attended by over 170 supporters, commemorated the achievements and benevolence of local companies and individuals who contributed to the success of the 2023-2024 Campaign.

The highlight of the event was the announcement of surpassing the fundraising goal. Despite setting the bar at $755,000, the final tally soared to an impressive $770,750.

Carrie Thomas, Executive Director of United Way of Marshall County, expressed gratitude, saying, "We are elated to have exceeded our campaign goal and extend heartfelt appreciation to our community, including our generous campaign sponsors. Thanks to the dedication and tireless efforts of our donors, volunteers, and supporters, we can continue to positively impact the lives of those in need within our community."

The top ten companies of this year were acknowledged for their exceptional leadership and significant contributions to the campaign: AlaTrade, Progress Rail, Publix, Citizens Bank & Trust, Paragon, Howard Bentley Buick GMC, Mitchell Grocery Corp, Peoples Independent Bank, BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama and Syncro.

Campaign Chair Cade Smith presented several accolades, including the Chairman's Gold Award (per capita giving of $125 or more), Silver Award (per capita gift of $75 - $124), and Bronze Award (per capita gift of $50 - $74). Furthermore, the Agency and Company Unity Awards were bestowed upon companies and United Way partner agencies that achieved 100% participation.

The event also honored recipients of special awards of excellence:

  • The Best Employee Giving Campaign and Best Overall Campaign award was granted to AlaTrade for its outstanding employee campaign and top contribution to this year's campaign.
  • The Star Award was presented to the City of Guntersville, MUB and Sand Mountain Broadcasting for the most improved workplace campaigns.
  • The Wendell R. Glassco Spirit of Giving Award was given to AlaTrade for their exemplary employee and corporate leadership in community giving.
  • The Live United Award was presented to Leslie Wright, former Child Advocacy Center Director, for her dedicated commitment to enhancing the lives of local residents.
  • Excellence Awards were conferred upon this year's Loaned Executives, individuals from various agencies and organizations in Marshall County, who volunteered their time to assist in conducting and implementing workplace campaigns and other campaign tasks.

The community was also presented with the United Way 2023 Annual Report, highlighting the organization's achievements and impact over the past year. Gratitude was extended to campaign sponsors bpimedia group and CF Media for their generous support in producing campaign materials, essential for the campaign's success.

United Way of Marshall County extends its heartfelt thanks to the community for its continued support of the organization and its mission to improve lives and build a stronger community. Through the support and efforts of many, United Way of Marshall County funds 20 partner agencies and programs that help strengthen our communities. These agencies and programs include: 2-1-1 First Call for Help, 4-H Clubs of Marshall County, American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, CASA of Marshall County, Child Advocacy Center, Child Development Centers of Marshall County, Court Appointed Juvenile Advocates (CAJA), Domestic Violence Crisis Services, Family Services of North Alabama, Marshall County Foster and Adoptive Parents Association, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, Marshall County Arc, Marshall County Guardianship Program, Marshall County Home Place, Marshall County Homeless Ministries, RSVP, Shepherd’s Cove Hospice, Shepherd’s Cove Hospice Camp HOPE and Alabama Head Injury Foundation.