United Way of the Coastal Empire Celebrates 2020 Accomplishments and Welcomes New Leadership

By: Cecilia Russo Marekting
 
SAVANNAH, Ga. - June 3, 2021 - PRLog -- United Way of the Coastal Empire had much to celebrate in its 83rd Annual Meeting Luncheon. Outgoing Board Chair Larry Silbermann reflected on the great achievements the organization has accomplished in the last year through the generosity and resilience from more than 13,000 individuals, companies, and organizations.

The organization also welcomed Jeff O'Connor of First Citizens Bank as new board chair and Cecilia Russo Turner of Cecilia Russo Marketing as new campaign chair. The Annual Meeting was held at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa with limited attendance.

"I am honored to be the next campaign chair of the United Way of the Coastal Empire. So many I respect and admire have gone before me. And as I have spoken to many of them, one thing is clear: no one does it alone," said Russo Turner. "The success of our 2021 campaign depends on all of us. We can do this: Forward United!"

Silbermann expressed gratitude to volunteers for their dedicated service to the community through United Way and proudly shared the work the organization has done throughout the past year. He also presented the Craig Harney's Spirit of Philanthropy Awards to three extraordinary individuals: Nathan Benson of Chatham County Government, Dr. Sandra Wallace Nethels of Effingham County School District, and the late Freddie Patrick of Eastside Concerned Citizens. These awards recognize exemplary individuals for their excellence in giving, advocating, and volunteering for United Way.

During the event, Outgoing Board Chair Larry Silbermann presented the Craig Harney's Spirit of Philanthropy Awards to three extraordinary individuals: Nathan Benson of Chatham County Government, Dr. Sandra Wallace Nethels of Effingham County School District, and the late Freddie Patrick of Eastside Concerned Citizens. These awards recognize exemplary individuals for their excellence in giving, advocating, and volunteering for United Way.

The business portion of the Annual Meeting continued with the election of 20 new community leaders to serve on the Board of Directors, as well as its slate of executive committee members for 2021.

2021 Board Chair Jeff O'Connor shared the organization's vision of the future. "We look forward to continuing to build upon the tremendous legacy of the United Way in our community, putting even greater focus on building stronger, deeper, and wider community partnerships," said O'Connor. "We are elevating our commitment to equity. Through collective action, we seek to make measurable, lasting impact with clear goals and more intentional focus on Safety Net and Upward Mobility."

For more information about United Way of the Coastal Empire (http://www.uwce.org/), visit www.uwce.org.
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