United Way of Central Texas (UWCT) Center for Philanthropy, Leadership, and Volunteerism Proclamation, Press Conference, and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Temple, Texas - March 14, 2014 - The City of Temple and City of Belton will issue a joint proclamation for the brand new UWCT Center for Philanthropy, Leadership, and Volunteerism to be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. A press conference will also be held, followed by a joint Temple and Belton Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony. The community is invited to attend the events and tour the new United Way Center during an open house from 1:00-4:00 p.m. The facility is located at 604 North 3rd Street in Temple.

Our new Center provides a central location for enhanced, broad-based community impact and serves as a resource for local area nonprofit organizations, civic groups, and grass root initiatives,” said UWCT Executive Director Ann Thompson.

The March 20 celebration will stand as a milestone for the Central Texas agency. The new center is the agency’s first self-owned building since its formation in 1952. The center will serve as a central meeting and training facility, designed to increase awareness of local community needs and improve UWCT’s ability to respond to those needs.

“Our vision for the center has finally become a reality,” Thompson said. “We now have the space to launch our own new programs and partnerships to address service gaps that exist within the community. This would not have been possible without donations from leaders in the community.”

It is very important for the public to know that traditional United Way of Central Texas workplace campaign dollars have not been used to fund the new center. The facility has been backed by individual donations from civic leaders and businesses that believe the center is vital for improving the lives of our local community’s most vulnerable citizens. Several generous contributions have been made, but the agency is still raising donations to fully cover building expenses.

Thompson said the community is invited to join the festivities on March 20.

“It is going to be a very memorable day of celebration for our community,” she said. “Join us as we celebrate the United Way of Central Texas Center for Philanthropy, Leadership. Come enjoy the scheduled events, refreshments, music, and tour the Center.”

The UWCT 2013 top 20 corporate campaign companies will be in attendance, as well as the following community leaders invited to attend:

  • Dr. Susan Kincannon, Belton Independent School District Superintendent 
  • Harry Adams, Johnson Brothers Ford
  • Dr. Robin Battershell, Temple Independent School District Superintendent 
  • Dr. Glenda Barron, Temple College President
  • John Carter, U.S. Representative
  • David Blackbird, City of Temple Manager
  • Jon Burrows, Bell County Judge
  • Jim Covington, Mayor of Belton
  • Danny Dunn, Mayor of Temple
  • Rod Henry, Temple Chamber of Commerce CEO 
  • Sue Mayborn, Temple Daily Telegram
  • Drayton McLane Jr., McLane Group L.P.
  • Stephanie OBanion, Belton Chamber of Commerce President 
  • Dr. Randy O’Rear, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor President
  • Lee Peterson, Temple Economic Development Corporation

For more information about the United Way Center for Philanthropy, Leadership and Volunteerism March 20, 2014 open house events, please call the United Way of Central Texas office at (254) 778-8616.

WHAT: United Way of Central Texas Center for Philanthropy, Leadership, and Volunteerism proclamation, press conference, and ribbon cutting
WHEN: Thursday, March 20, 2014
TIME: 1:30 p.m. City of Temple and City of Belton Proclamation and Press Conference
2:00 p.m. Temple Chamber of Commerce and Belton Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting
1:00 - 4:00 Open House
WHERE: 604 N. 3rd Street, Temple, TX 76501 SPEAKERS: Danny Dunn, Mayor of Temple
SPEAKERS: Bill DiGaetano, UWCT Board President
Drayton McLane III, 2013 UWCT Campaign Chairman