Led by newly elected officers and an energetic volunteer board, the United Way of White County is preparing a fall kickoff for its 2023 campaign for funding of local agencies furnishing a wide range of human services.
“As the United Way of White County looks to celebrate 40 years of serving our neighbors in need, we are renewing our commitment to our community with development of exciting new functions while continuing the success of such events as the Darrell Chaney Invitational celebrity golf tournament,” said Helen hospitality executive Stacy Gray, the board’s new president.
“Since its founding in 1983, the United Way of White County has directed more than $2 million to not-for-profit agencies serving our community,” added Gray, whose professional roles include serving as assistant general manager of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Helen Convention Center. “We look forward to carrying on this tradition of providing a helping hand thanks to the abundance of generous support with which we’ve been blessed.”
In 2022, the United Way of White County is furnishing $75,000 in direct funding to 14 not-for-profit organizations, including Catalyst Christian Learning Center, Circle of Hope, Cleveland Care Center, Community Helping Hands Clinic, Enota CASA Inc., Family Promise of White County, Habersham Homeless Ministries, Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Georgia, Rape Response Inc., South Enotah Child Advocacy Center, White County Backpack Buddies, White County Caring & Sharing, White County Food Pantry and White County 4-H.
The local United Way’s contingent of officers also includes restaurateur Lauren Williams, whose business interests include Cowboys & Angels and Cottage House Restaurant, as vice president. Serving as secretary is writer and consultant Paul Scott Abbott, while Denise Loggins, Georgia Farm Bureau’s White County office manager, has been re-elected treasurer.\
The volunteer board’s newest members are Dean Dyer, general manager of WRWH Radio, and Chuck Johnstone, principal of Sautee Rides & Transportation. Rounding out the 13-member board are Nathan Eason, Donald Harris, Mary Isbell, Angie Jarrard, Beth Kastner, Carol Powell and Gene White.
The 21st annual Darrel Chaney Invitational, chaired by former Major League Baseball player and 1975 World Series champion Darrel Chaney, is slated for April 10-11 in Helen. Proceeds related to the 2022 edition of the event include a $5,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation Helping Hands in the Community program, backing volunteer efforts of leadership of Jacky Jones Allstate.
Officers and members of the volunteer board of the United Way of White County include, from left, Donald Harris; Angie Jarrard; Gene White; Dean Dyer; Carol Powell; Paul Scott Abbott, secretary; Mary Isbell; Nathan Eason; Beth Kastner; Denise Loggins, treasurer; Stacy Gray, president; and Lauren Williams, vice president. Not present is Chuck Johnstone.