The 2018 United Way of Blount County Campaign has reached the halfway point, 56 percent actually, with only five weeks remaining to reach the goal of $2,080,000 set back in late August.

Roger and Regina Jennings, 2018 Campaign co-chairs, led the Mid-Campaign Report on Friday at Monte Vista Baptist Church.

With a block party feel, attendees played outdoor games before and after the meeting and enjoyed barbecue and sweet treats. “Saturday Night Live” characters Hans and Franz (also known as Chris Hurley and Bill Kilgore, co-chairs of Gas Day) made a special appearance to pump everyone up for Gas Day, set for Oct. 26.

After thanking United Way’s meeting sponsors, media sponsors and community partners, Regina Jennings recognized United Way Champions and Campaign Cabinet members for their hard work in the campaign.

Typically cabinet members give division reports, but instead those numbers were displayed on television screens for attendees to view.

“We’ve mixed things up this year with new events, new programs, so we want to continue that today,” Jenning said.

Those division totals to date include:

• Major firms, $608,099.

• Industry, $38,418.

• General business, $26,747.

• Public service, $119,286.

• Professional, $43,392.

• Special gifts/residential, $123,847.

• Realtors, $5,705.

• Commerce, $104,592.

• Other/events, $106,982.

Jennings then announced the campaign’s progress so far.

“We’ve raised $1,171,364, which is 56.32 percent of our $2,080,000 goal. Thank you to everyone in this room for rolling up your sleeves and making this possible for United Way and our community,” Jennings said, adding, “We have a lot of people in our community counting on our success.”

For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.liveunited or call 865-982-2251.

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