Grayson County Schools and Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center recently started a friendly competition to see which organization can raise the most money for United Way of Central Kentucky during their annual fundraising campaigns.
Each year, the organization whose employees donate the most money for United Way will house a traveling trophy, on which that organization’s name will be engraved, according to TLRMC Director of Planning and Marketing Bill Oldham.
“United Way is such an asset to our community,” said Grayson County Schools Superintendent Barry Anderson. “We are happy to enter this competition with the hospital.”
The school system currently possesses the trophy to display for its employees, and GC Schools Public Information Officer Caryn Lewis said, “We have no intention of returning it.”
In response, TLRMC CEO Wayne Meriwether said “We’ll see about that. Our employees are superstars when it comes to supporting the community. I’m confident they’ll rise to the challenge.”
Oldham agreed and said, “We have no intention of losing to the schools.”
According to Community Education Director Angie Jones, GC Schools’ 2013-2014 United Way campaign kicked off on Monday, October 21.
For this year’s campaign, GC Schools are distributing pledges to their employees throughout the county and encouraging the schools to start their own individual campaigns, Jones said.
“Not only are we in competition with the hospital, the schools are in competition with each other, as well,” Jones said.
The school system’s relationship with United Way goes back at least a decade to when United Way first started working in Grayson County, Jones said.
“The school district has been very fortunate because a good percentage of donated money has gone back into the school system with programs like the BackPack Program,” she said.
TLRMC has been involved with United Way for a number of years, as well, but in the last year, the hospital has dramatically increased its fundraising efforts, Oldham said.
From 2012 to 2013, the hospital saw a 300% increase in giving, with donations jumping from $7,800 to $23,000, according to TLRMC Director of Diagnostic Imaging Jerrod Davis, B.S., RT(R), RDMS, RVT, RCS.
Davis said the hospital’s goal for this campaign season is to continue the trend from last year and provide as many opportunities for employees to donate as possible.
United Way of Central Kentucky strives to improve basic needs, health, financial stability, and education in its five target counties, including Grayson County, said Davis, who also serves as an United Way board member and executive.
“Of the five counties United Way of Central Kentucky serves, Grayson has the highest percentage of poverty,” Davis said. “One of four kids is affected by poverty.”
For more information about United Way of Central Kentucky, go to www.unitedwayck.org.