Several turned out for the Lake Martin Area United Way kickoff on Aug. 30, where the Boys and Girls Club, above, performed. | Laura Pemberton photo

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Learning to serve

Published 10:42am Friday, August 31, 2012

Area United Way aims to raise $550K during 2013 campaign

By Laura Pemberton, Staff Writer

The Lake Martin Area United Way has officially kicked off its 2013 campaign, and they need your help.

“Learning to Serve” is the theme of this year’s campaign to raise $550,000 for local agencies.

“Failure is not an option,” said Tom Lamberth, first vice president of United Way. “It’s absolutely critical. They depend on us.”

The kickoff was held Aug. 30 at Central Alabama Community College. It featured food from area businesses, performances by the Boys and Girls Club choir and highlighted the 23 agencies that the United Way serves.

“There are always people in our community who need help,” Lambert said. “And these are the agencies who provide that help.”

Lamberth said 2012 campaign raised more than $525,000.

Executive Director Sharon Fuller said the Lake Martin Area United Way has raised $9.5 million in the past 20 years.

The money donated to United Way to goes through an appropriations committee and is then distributed to agencies like the Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, D.A.R.E., Boy Scouts and others who serve the community.

Lamberth said even in the tough economic times the United Way has not had to cut back on funding for these agencies, and they hope not to.

“If we don’t catch up we’ll have to,” Lamberth said.

Fuller said she is optimistic about the campaign.

“I’m extremely excited,” Fuller said. “This is an awesome turnout and we’re looking forward to a great campaign.”

For more information on the Lake Martin United Way or to donate visit