September 16, 2014
United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region hosted its annual Campaign Kick-Off with a Superhero Sprint Saturday morning at McGregor Park. Participants of all ages joined forces along the Riverwalk in a one-mile fun run to show support for United Way’s efforts to impact change in the Clarksville region. Many dressed in superhero costumes and enjoyed face painting and photo opportunities with superhero characters.
“The concept for this year’s campaign theme is inspired by the belief that anyone can be a superhero,” explained United Way Campaign Manager Alayna Stevens. “You don’t necessarily have to wear a cape or mask to make a big impact; just do what you can to help. Beginning this year’s campaign with a fun run helps promote a healthy lifestyle for those in our community. We encourage parents to be physically active with their children, and have fun doing so to encourage a lifelong interest in good health.”
“Superheroes Unite!” exclaimed Ginna Holleman, United Way Executive Director as shewelcomed the crowd of approximately 200 local everyday superheroes. “Each of you here has the power to help those in a crisis or anyone who needs a helping hand. Batman may have some cool gadgets, but giving to United Way provides essential tools for change. Like Wonder Woman, you have the ability to lasso resources for those who need them most. Volunteer as a mentor and help a child soar like Superman. It takes us all working together to create the kind of community where we want to live and work. As you go out into the world, take today’s superhero spirit and run with it. Know what a difference you will be making! ”
Along with masked superheroes, Green and Holleman revealed the 2014-2015 campaign goal of $1,000,000. Each year, local businesses, individual contributors, agencies and volunteers answer the signal to help United Way in its campaign efforts. 2014-2015 Campaign Chair, Shannon Green, opened the new campaign with strong encouragement for those looking to make a lasting change in Montgomery, Houston, and Stewart counties. “Like many superheroes, I have a mild-mannered alter-ego. By day, I am an accountant. I have supervised the financial matters of non-profit organizations for more than 17 years and have come to appreciate the value of oversight United Way volunteers provide. Rest assured that your heroic contribution to the United Way will be strategically invested in our community with the great diligence of our very own citizens. I truly believe in the work of our United Way and I invite you to join us as we battle to overcome the challenges facing those who in need,” said Green.