PRESTONSBURG – United Way of Eastern Kentucky held its 20th annual golf scramble at StoneCrest Golf Course on Monday. The event is one of the chapter’s biggest fundraisers. This year’s event was held in memory of former Executive Director Pamela Compton, who passed away in 2010.
“The United Way focuses on 501C nonprofit charities,” said Philip Elliott, Chief Financial Officer of First Commonwealth Bank and current Board Chairman of United Way of Eastern Kentucky. “The agencies funded by United Way provide education, drug rehabilitation, poverty relief, hunger relief, abuse relief, services to youth and seniors, disaster relief and emergency response.”
The local chapter of the United Way represents Floyd, Pike, Magoffin, Johnson and Martin counties. Teams from multiple counties participate in the fundraiser. Agencies supported by the United Way include Hope in the Mountains, Kentucky Mission Bible Training Center, Catholic Charities, Appalachian Pregnancy Care, Judi’s Place for Kids, Happy House Adult Day Care, HELP, Magoffin County Senior Citizens Center, Magoffin County Rescue Squad, Floyd County Rescue Squad, Floyd County 4-H, Turning Point, St. Vincent’s Mission, Good Neighbors, Salvation Army, Red Cross and Prestonsburg Senior Citizens Center. Next year, the local United Way chapter plans to add three additional agencies to the list of agencies it supports.
In the last two months, the local chapter made the decision to hire Patti Beatty as its full-time chairman and executive director. The chapter hopes with a full-time executive director that it will be able to grow and provide more support to new and existing agencies.”
“United Way is such an important organization that helps many different agencies that do good in our communities,” said Kay Hammond, Appalachian Pregnancy Center Director. “We are proud to be here and lend our hand. United Way is a strong supporter for the Appalachian Pregnancy Center/”
This year’s golf scramble was sponsored by First Commonwealth Bank and Reno’s Restaurant.
United Way of Eastern Kentucky is actively seeking new board members. To join United Way of Eastern Kentucky, call 606-886-4480 or visit the chapter on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UWEasternKY.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.