Chattahoochee Valley’s United Way holds kickoff luncheon

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It's one of the largest campaign kick-offs in the country: the United Way of the Chatahoochee Valley has set a lofty fundraising goal for the next year.

The agency held its kickoff luncheon Thursday afternoon at the Columbus Trade Center. President Scott Ferguson and Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor sported Duck Dynasty costumes, since the theme of this year's campaign is "Hunting for the Goal."

With Sheriff Taylor as this year's campaign chairman, they've set a fundraising goal of $7 million.

"You know I'm being told that the Columbus/Phenix City area is just one of the largest luncheons in the whole country," said Sheriff Taylor. "And we're gonna have probably a 1,000 people here from around our community that is willing to work and donate money to those in need."

News Leader 9's Barbara Gauthier had the pleasure to serve as emcee for today's luncheon.

The United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley provides funding for 27 local agencies that service 50 programs for families and individuals in the region.

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