Columbia, S.C.— AgFirst Farm Credit Bank announced today the results of recent fundraising efforts for the United Way of the Midlands and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Through its fundraising events and individual and corporate donations, more than $49,000 was donated to the United Way and more than $8,200 was donated to JDRF.
“By supporting the United Way campaign, we can significantly improve the lives of those who are less fortunate in our own local community,” said Tom S. Welsh, executive vice president and coordinator for all of the bank’s community support efforts.
Cori Cantey, meeting and events specialist and leader for the United Way fundraising events, said “Every year, we come up with new, fun ways to collect funds for United Way. In the past, we’ve had silent auctions, book fairs and even a cake walk. This year, we sold “jeans day” coupons to employees and held a raffle for many special items, including a 32” LCD HDTV, and a stay at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, S.C., with breakfast and two rounds of golf.”
AgFirst makes it fun to collect funds for JDRF, as well. The theme this year was “The Big Top” so management dressed up like clowns and agreed to be “incarcerated” until enough “bail” money was raised to free them. Employees had a chance to drop by the break room to visit the jail birds and make donations to their favorite clown. Deborah Lucas, accountant and leader for the JDRF fundraising efforts, said “My son was diagnosed with diabetes when he was four and it has changed our lives. When I became aware of the complications that can come with this disease, helping to find a cure became one of my top priorities. I’m thankful to work for a company like AgFirst that helps support this goal.”
“AgFirst places great value on the family. Our community is also part of the AgFirst family. We support both of these worthy causes because we know that they will be here for us if we need them. That might not be today, it might not be tomorrow, but they will be there if we need them,” said Andy Lowrey, president and CEO, AgFirst. “When you think about it, that is a pretty good definition of family—always there when you need them,” he continued.
AgFirst is committed to lending a helping hand in the Greater Columbia community. Its employees actively support and participate in United Way, JDRF and numerous other fundraising activities.