By Brian Livingston / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Star
It was a big target and one in which the employees of the Anderson Regional Medical Center system took dead aim.
On Friday afternoon, officials with Anderson donated $100,000 to the United Way of East Mississippi. The donation, made on the steps of the courtyard of ARMC's north campus, was the United Way of East Mississippi's largest single donation in more than a decade.
"Wow doesn't cover it," said Thad Quarles, executive director of the United Way of East Mississippi. "This is the most significant contribution to the United Way and the organizations it supports in a very long time. We are very grateful to the employees of Anderson Regional Medical Center. They have really stepped up and shown what it means to be a giving community."
The donation, collected over the past several months by employees of Anderson's north and south campuses and the health clinics operated by the Anderson's Physician's Alliance, has given a huge boost to the overall United Way campaign locally. John Anderson, board chairman for the United Way and vice president of Anderson Regional Medical Center, said the hospital has always tried to be a community leader and this donation is an indication of the hospital's type of employees.
"We set our target at one hundred thousand and thanks to the employees we met that mark," Anderson said. "We are so thankful to all the employees for their charity and commitment to the community."
Gregg Bott is the campaign chairman this year of the United Way campaign. He said the goal of $1 million is well within reach thanks to this contribution.
"This one donation alone accounts for 10 percent of the total and it effectively boosts us to about 70 percent of our overall goal," Bott said. "It is just phenomenal what they have accomplished."
Anderson doctors Jim and Amy Coleman contributed $400 to the campaign. As contributors, they like the idea that almost all of the money raised stays local helping out those in our communities.
"The organizations underneath the United Way umbrella help so many people in our community it is hard to not want to do all we can," Jim Coleman said.
"We just feel blessed that we are able to do this and I'm sure most everyone who contributed to this amount feels the same," added his wife, Amy Coleman.
The United Way campaign ends March 1.