COLUMBIA — A crowd of nearly 40 people gathered Friday morning at the Boone Hospital Center to recognize companies and agencies raising money for the Heart of Missouri United Way.
“You set the pace and help us understand where we’re at,” said Tim Rich,executive director of the Heart of Missouri United Way, to the crowd.
The event included a musical performance by Will Wooten, a Shelter Mutual Insurance employee and United Way volunteer, a breakfast for members of the companies and agencies and keynote speaker Chris Walls, a State Farm employee.
During the breakfast, a scrolling slideshow showed that companies such as OTSCON, Columbia Insurance Group, Simon Oswald Architecture, the Columbia Daily Tribune and Providence Bank have raised between $5,000 and $400,000 for United Way.
Mitzi Clayton, the 2012 campaign chair, also announced United Way has raised $1,021,926 so far, which is about a fourth of its goal of $4 million. The money will help the organization address its goal of creating long-lasting changes in education, income, health and safety.
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