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Harvie and Nellie Wilkinson to chair United Way of the Bluegrass annual campaign, aim to raise $4 milllion

United Way of the Bluegrass kicked off its annual campaign at an event earlier this week, sponsored by Community Trust Bank.

Harvie and Nellie Wilkinson were announced as volunteer Campaign Co-Chairs and will lead the 2018-2019 fundraising effort. The pair unveiled a community campaign goal of $4M in front of an audience of corporate partners, agency partners, and local supporters.

Harvie and Nellie Wilkinson

“Our community is a wonderful place to live, work and learn, but there are still thousands of individuals who depend on help and assistance from United Way each year. We celebrate our wins, but will continue to fight for the basic needs, education, and financial stability of every person in Central Kentucky,” said Bill Farmer, United Way of the Bluegrass President and CEO. “We believe that our caring and compassionate community can help us reach this $4M goal, which in return will allow us to serve even more local families and individuals,” Farmer stated.

Harvie and Nellie have served in various board and volunteer roles with United Way of the Bluegrass and have supported the organization for over 39 years. Harvie currently serves as Chair of the Fayette County Board of Trustees and is a member of the Board of Directors. Collectively, the pair has served in a variety of roles with local organizations including American Red Cross, Prichard Committee, Kentucky Blood Center, God’s Pantry, Buckhorn Children’s Foundation and Baby Health Services. Harvie is the MBA Program Director for the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky and Nellie currently serves in a volunteer leadership role with UK Women and Philanthropy Network. They reside in Lexington and are active members of Second Presbyterian Church.

“We are honored to serve our community as Campaign Co-Chairs because United Way is a much-needed and treasured resource for this community. When you give to United Way, your gift supports so many local nonprofits and programs that are helping those people who need it most,” said Nellie. “When we unite and come together, we can accomplish so much more than any of us could on our own, and that’s really one thing that Nellie and I value most about United Way – the power of aggregation,” said Harvie.

The Campaign Cabinet and Board of Directors, led by Chairman Paul Rooke, are hoping to drive increased corporate engagement and workplace giving this year and will also focus on increasing individual giving and affinity group memberships to help meet the $4M goal. The organization is seeking new corporate partners wishing to start employee giving campaigns.

To learn more about United Way of the Bluegrass or to get involved, please visit www.uwbg.org.

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