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United Way Meets Record-Breaking Goal

Bob Hardaway led the charge in 2019 as the United Way Campaign Chair. Seeing the great need in our community, he volunteered to chair the campaign. Bob has been an avid supporter of United Way for over 20 years.

He has always given generously of both his financial resources and of his time. Chairing the campaign can be a challenge, but Bob Hardaway rose to the occasion.

He believes strongly in United Way’s commitment to improving lives and creating lasting change. Having seen firsthand the impact of United Way, Bob Hardaway and his team set a record-breaking goal of $4.125 million!


Bob’s passion for United Way and the people of this community is genuine and evident the moment he begins sharing about United Way.

He recently gathered the United Way Campaign Cabinet and Board Members to celebrate and announce that our community did indeed rise to the occasion and met the $4.125 million goal!


“United Way is important to the people of Whitfield and Murray counties because United Way ensures that we are helping families who need the support. The assistance provided by various United Way Community Partners can be the difference in establishing a strong foundation for families, which in turn creates a stronger community,” stated Bob.

United Way brings together the people, passion, and resources to create lasting change. We set an aggressive goal and we achieved it thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Campaign Cabinet and Board Members.  


United Way President Amanda Burt stated, “From corporate partners, philanthropists investing $10,000 or more in the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, Women’s Leadership Council members giving $1,000 each, Young Leaders Society members pledging $365, employees giving through payroll deduction and other individual gifts, more than 10,500 local United Way donors contributed to the 2019 Campaign. We are thankful to live in a community where a giving spirit is an integral part of everyday life.”


During the campaign, companies and individual donors all across the community joined forces to ensure that we are “Building Better Futures.”

United Way improves the lives of over 55,000 individuals and families in Whitfield and Murray counties each year.


The 2019 United Way Campaign Cabinet Members include: Bob Hardaway, 2019 Campaign Chair, Shaw Industries, Inc.; Isaiah Bosma, Polymer Solutions Group; Danny Crutchfield, Shaw Industries, Inc.; James Dixon, Signature Flooring; Piet Dossche, Shaw Industries, Inc.; JT Finley, Maryville Jewelers of Dalton; David Gregg, Bank of Ozarks; Bob Lee, BeauFlor, USA; Chuck McClurg, Shaw Industries, Inc.; Jim Murphy, Shaw Industries, Inc.; Sparky Roberts, Textile Rubber and Chemical; Katie Rowe, Shaw Industries, Inc.; Pat Sain, Material Handling, Inc.; Pete Sigmon, Shaw Industries, Inc.; Chad Thompson, Shaw Industries, Inc.; Karen Townsend, Community Volunteer; Jared Warnack, Phenix Flooring; Terry Wilson, Textile Rubber and Chemical; Joe Young, Engineered Floors.


            The public is invited to join Kim Thames, 2019 Board Chair, and Joe Young, 2020 Board Chair, for United Way’s Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards on March 10th at 3:30 p.m. at Stage 123 in downtown Dalton. 

Campaign awards for top performers will be given out, as well as the Elaine Butler Award for volunteerism in Murray County, the Connie Woodward Award for volunteerism in Whitfield County, and the Elbert Shaw Memorial Scholarship.


Thank you to the CEOs, campaign teams, and all the individuals who support United Way by giving, advocating, and volunteering throughout the year. LIVE UNITED!


This article appeared in Daily Citizen Newspaper on February 7, 2020