Aliant Bank area executive for Tallapoosa County, Mark Spencer, speaks to Aliant employees Tuesday morning as the company began its fundraising campaign for the Lake Martin Area United Way. As the pacesetter, Aliant will undergo a weeklong fundraiser to kick off the United Way’s 2014 fundraising efforts.
Aliant Bank area executive for Tallapoosa County, Mark Spencer, speaks to Aliant employees Tuesday morning as the company began its fundraising campaign for the Lake Martin Area United Way. As the pacesetter, Aliant will undergo a weeklong fundraiser to kick off the United Way’s 2014 fundraising efforts.

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Aliant Bank to lead United Way 2014 fundraising campaign

Published 9:47am Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A local bank is officially leading the way as the Lake Martin Area United Way begins its 2014 fundraising campaign.

Aliant Bank will serve as the pacesetter for the Lake Martin Area United Way’s 2014 “Cowboy Up” fundraising campaign.

Aliant Bank area executive for Tallapoosa County, Mark Spencer, said being named the 2014 pacesetter gives Aliant and its employees a unique opportunity to step up as leaders in the community.

“We’re really excited because it’s an opportunity for our company to set the pace for the entire campaign for United Way this year,” Spencer said. “We’ve got a great group of employees that are dedicated to their community, and this is an opportunity for them to shine. This is our opportunity to lead the charge for United Way.”

The United Way and Aliant employees met Tuesday morning to talk about fundraising opportunities.

Aliant now begins a weeklong fundraising campaign within the company that will conclude Aug. 26 with the United Way kickoff event at 5:30 p.m. at the Betty Carol Graham Technology Center where Aliant will reveal its goal and the United Way’s overall fundraising goal will also be revealed.

Aliant Board Vice Chairman John Thomas said he is excited about the opportunity to lead and support the United Way.

“I like taking the lead and helping the community to be a better place to live,” Thomas said. “I think United Way is the next gift you should give right after your church. It’s very important to support United Way.”

Lake Martin Area United Way Board President Ellen Martin said she is confident in Aliant and its role as this year’s pacesetter.

“We are always thankful to have our pacesetters to jump out and take the lead to show everybody how it’s done,” Martin said. “We’re looking for a wonderful pacesetter campaign from Aliant Bank. We’ve got some great folks there that are going to pave the way for others.”

Randy Haynes, 2014 United Way campaign chair, said he is happy to see Aliant continue its tradition of supporting United Way.

“Aliant Bank has graciously agreed to serve as a pacesetter and we appreciate their serving as a leader in this field once again – they’ve done it a few years ago and it was a great success,” Haynes said. “We appreciate Mark Spencer and John Thomas stepping up.”

Spencer said it is important to support the United Way because of the role it plays in helping others.

“United Way has agencies that meet the needs throughout the entire community of people we serve,” Spencer said. “By giving to United Way, we know that it is a far-reaching organization meeting the needs of the people in our community.”