United Way Surpasses Goal & Raises $13,352,523


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (January 19) – The United Way of Greater Knoxville and 2016 Campaign Chair, Amy Miles, closed the 2016 campaign this morning announcing the campaign total of $13,352,523.  The Regal Pinnacle Theatre was filled with close to 300 guests including United Way of Greater Knoxville partner agencies, volunteers, former campaign chairs and community supporters.

Back in September, Amy Miles announced her campaign goal of $13,350,000 and has dedicated the past several months to reaching and surpassing this goal to be able to help more people in our community.  The money raised will benefit more than 100,000 people in the greater Knoxville area and fund more than 100 local programs in the areas of health, education and financial stability in 2017.

“This has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career and I am so thankful to have been given this unique opportunity to raise funds to help people right here in our own community,” stated Amy Miles.  “To see how our community has come together and to experience the outpouring of generosity and support during my time as campaign chair has made me even more proud to work and live in Knoxville.  It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the 2016 campaign chair.  Thank you for the opportunity to work with you on behalf of those in need.  Please continue to support United Way of Greater Knoxville.”

Tocarra Sendejo, a true example of how United Way helps people, helped to kick off the campaign turned to Family Promise of Knoxville when she found herself living in a hotel, using her savings to survive, working ten hours a day and trying to support five kids.  Without the help of Family Promise, the Going Home Staying Home program and United Way funds, Sendejo acknowledges “I don’t know where we would be.”

The reality is that Sendejo is only one of thousands of people who have been helped through United Way programs.  Several  individuals and families who are either currently receiving or have previously received assistance through a United Way funded program were in attendance this morning.

One year ago, the United Way of Greater Knoxville announced it raised $13,151,047 during the 2015 campaign.  With the leadership and determination of Amy Miles, she saw a $201,476 increase during the 2016 campaign.

The United Way of Greater Knoxville continues to make progress, but there is still a lot more work to be done.

The 2017 campaign chair has some big shoes to fill, but with Ken Lowe leading the campaign, anything is possible.  Ken Lowe is the Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive, a leading global lifestyle media provider headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“Through its mission to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities, the United Way provides amazing support and resources for our area,” added Ken Lowe. “Strong communities have a direct impact on the quality of life for all of us. We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to make an impact through such a worthy organization.”

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About United Way
United Way of Greater Knoxville is a local, independent organization dedicated to building a stronger community by focusing on the areas of education, financial stability and health.  In partnership with nonprofit agencies, local business, community leaders and ordinary citizens, United Way is improving the lives of individuals in Knoxville. By working together, we provide a network of services addressing Knoxville’s most urgent needs while working toward lasting change.

The United Way of Greater Knoxville fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.  To live better, we must LIVE UNITED.

For more information, please call (865) 521-5580
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