United Way of Northeast Louisiana 2018 Kickoff Series Presented by BancorpSouth & Ewing Timber, LLC
Tuesday, September 11 & Wednesday, September 12, 2018
2018 United Way Board Chair Blake Wheelis, Blake Wheelis State Farm Insurance Agency, Inc. welcomes guests to the first of three community Kickoff events at Greenwood Park in Ruston on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Brandon Ewing, 2018 Jackson-Lincoln-Union Parish Campaign Chair, Ewing Timber Company, LLC and Michelle Tolar, United Way Director of Development announce the incredible generosity of the 2018 United Way Pacesetter Campaigns: BancorpSouth, Dillard's, Durrett Law & Title, Foster Farms, Monroe City Schools, and Ouachita Parish Clerk of Court.
(From left) Kourtney Keim, City of Ruston; Cathi Cox-Boniol, Lincoln Parish Schools; and Richie LeBlanc, Hunt Forest Products, LLC share their experience installing the United Way Born Learning Trail at Greenwood Park. These three giving organizations partnered on the Born Learning project earlier this year for United Way's inaugural Day of Action, which took place in the park June 29.
Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker welcomes children from the Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center (LPECC) to test out the brand new United Way Born Learning Trail at Greenwood Park.
From Left: Janet Durden, President of United Way of Northeast Louisiana; Brandon Ewing, Ewing Timber Company, LLC & 2018 Jackson-Lincoln-Union Campaign Chair; Blake Wheelis, Blake Wheelis State Farm Insurance Agency, Inc. & 2018 United Way Board Chair; Stephanie Smith, Ouachita Parish Tax Assessor's Office & 2018 Campaign Co-Chair; Michelle Tolar, United Way of Northeast Louisiana Director of Development; Ronny Walker, Mayor of Ruston, Louisiana; Nat Smith, BancorpSouth & 2018 United Way Campaign Co-Chair; Kourtney Keim, City of Ruston
United Way 2018 Kickoff Series: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
United Way's second of three Kickoff was held at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoos Pavilion, provided courtesy of the City of Monroe, across from the United Way Born Learning Trail at Charles Johnson Park in Monroe. Inclement weather may have rained out original plans to cut the ribbon at the Born Learning Trail site, but it did not put a damper on the mood of the sponsors, volunteers, and community supporters who came out to celebrate the new addition to the park.
Stephanie (far left) and Nat Smith, Ouachita Parish Tax Assessor's Office/BancorpSouth and 2018 United Way Campaign Co-Chairs, and Michelle Tolar, United Way Director of Development recognize the 2018 Pacesetter Campaigns.
Rod Washington, City of Monroe & 2018 United Way Board of Directors and Campaign Cabinet (left) and Ernest Finch, Thomas & Farr Insurance Agency, Inc., 2018 Board of Directors and VolunteerUNITED Chair express their excitement in participating in and sponsoring the first ever United Way Day of Action, which took place in Charles Johnson Park on June 28, 2018.
Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo and Sue Nicholson, President of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, were there to introduce the United Way Born Learning Trail to the Monroe community.
United Way of Northeast Louisiana 2018 Kickoff Series Conclusion: Kiroli Park, Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Allie and River McTurner of Monroe were excited to give the new United Way Born Learning Trail at Kiroli Park a whirl!
Doug Seegers, City of West Monroe and Jessica LeDoux, Ouachita Valley Federal Credit Union, both sponsors of the United Way Born Learning Trail at Kiroli Park, shared their United Way Day of Action volunteer experience with guests of the third and final Kickoff event in the 2018 Kickoff Series.
"We are NOT painters," Jessica LeDoux of Ouachita Valley Federal Credit Union said with a chuckle when describing her team's experience installing the Trail earlier this year, "but we had so much fun working together."
Lila Strode (left), President of the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce, and Courtney Hornsby, City of West Monroe, hosted the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the United Way Born Learning Trail at Kiroli Park on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
Parker Milam's reaction to the new United Way Born Learning Trail at Kiroli Park accurately depicts our excitement to partner with these amazing organizations and their dedicated employee volunteers to bring this project to life in Northeast Louisiana!