United Way more than halfway to fundraising goal

KNOXVILLE - The United Way of Greater Knoxville is more than halfway to its annual fundraising goal.

On Thursday, campaign chair and Regal Entertainment CEO Amy Miles announced so far they've raised $9.2 million dollars. That's about 70 percent of the $13,350,000 dollar goal.

This is the 94th year for the annual campaign, which usually kicks off around Labor Day.

The United Way president says it's obvious the community cares.

"You know the late, great Pat Summitt used to say, that this is not accidental, what we have in this region, this caring, is not accidental. It is deliberate, said Ben Landers.

Money raised will directly benefit the 50 area United Way partners and more than 100 programs. For more information about the United Way and to find out how to help, go to their website.

“We just want to remind your viewers that United Way is certainly not the only way to give back, to help this community be as great as it can be. It’s a really good way, we think we are an efficient, local and accountable way to give back. And we’re proud of that," Landers said.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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