Board Chair's Report, November: Janet Wear-Enloe

It's the Final Countown! 

United Way of Central Missouri announced campaign results of a projected $1,921,568 at the
Victory Celebration on November 3 at Missouri Farm Bureau, almost $100,000 over the $1.825 million goal.


This is my final article as the 2016 Chair of the Board for the United Way of Central Missouri. A sincere thank you to the United Way Board of Directors for their continuous support and leadership. Thanks also to the dedicated staff who always go above and beyond their everyday responsibilities. I am humbled and grateful to have had this opportunity.

As we wrap up the 1980s theme for the United Way community campaign, I am reminded, Time After Time, that you can’t be Too Shy to participate in the fun. You really need to be a bit of a Maniac. With all of the businesses hosting on-site campaigns, they were really Layin’ It On the Line for others in our community.

Matt Tollerton and Jayne Dunkmann were Born to Run the United Way community campaign and they have served our community while Under Pressure! When United Way staff was looking for campaign leadership team volunteers, so many people said, “Call Me” and offered their generous gift of time and talent to improve the lives of so many within our service area.

What a Feeling we had when we watched the video made by KOMU. I Can’t Fight This Feeling that our media partners’ coverage made a significant difference in the outcome of this campaign. We are  blessed with the United Way staff of energetic Girls that Just Want to Have Fun while they Faithfully helped each company’s campaign.

We had several fun events, such as the second annual Mid-Missouri’s Got Talent. We watched Andrew Dyer Bust a Move as he danced his way into our hearts as the winner of the competition. Dine United and Shop United were Simply Irresistible. Thank you to every business that participated.

We were Living on a Prayer as we waited to hear whether our United Way campaign would reach our goal of $1.825 million. We found out on November 3 that we actually exceeded the goal by raising $1,921,568! This kind of generosity is More Than Words Can Say. These pledges and gifts really get to the Heart of the Matter in the lives of so many people and I know our 28 partner agencies are Head Over Heels about the support.

All-in-all, the 2016 United Way campaign finished with A Blaze of Glory proving that Every Little Thing You Do is Magic. Don’t Stop Believing in the power of community.

Oh, and if you don’t understand anything in this article, don’t worry, it is Hip to Be Square.

Article by Janet Wear-Enloe, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, 2016 United Way of Central Missouri Board Chair