United Way of the Virginia Peninsula held a CEO breakfast recently, that looked forward to the start of the United Way 2019
campaign and recognized corporate companies that have supported its work within the community.
The event drew more than 70 agency and corporate CEOs from across the Peninsula, who gathered at the Holiday Inn
at City Center in Newport News to discuss the agency's ongoing journey and goals.
"(They) reflected on all that the United Way has accomplished in the community, and how, together, United Way, corporate companies and non-profits alike, can continue to create pathways out of poverty, for countless individuals across the Virginia Peninsula, through collective efforts, such as the annual United Way campaign," said Savannah Patterson, United Way's director of marketing and communications.
The breakfast was hosted by Teresa L. Edwards, the 2019 United Way Campaign cabinet chair, who announced the 2019 campaign goal of $5.2 million and spoke on the importance of collective service and how working together as one, is the only way to accomplish greatness, said Patterson.
"As the 2019 Campaign cabinet chair, Edwards is serving as a leader and key piece of a successful campaign, by leading a group of passionate individuals who will steer all corporate sectors towards success in the upcoming campaign," said Patterson.
Edwards is the corporate vice president for Sentara Healthcare, responsible for the system’s Peninsula and Western Tidewater hospitals, which includes, Sentara CarePlex Hospital, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and Sentara Obici Hospital.
Additionally, Jennifer Boykin, United Way 2019 campaign cabinet chair-elect and executive vice president of Huntington Ingalls Industries and president of Newport News Shipbuilding, respectively, was present at the breakfast and spoke about the key role business leaders play in United Way's success in the community, not only in business, but also through service, said Patterson.
To learn more about running a United Way campaign, call United Way of the Virginia Peninsula at 757.873.9328 or visit www.uwvp.org.
Enjoying the moment, left to right: Jennifer Boykin, executive vice president and president, Huntington Ingalls Industries and Newport News Shipbuilding, respectively; Teresa Edwards, corporate vice president, Sentara Healthcare; and Steven S. Kast, president and CEO, United Way of the VirginiaPeninsula. (Courtesy photo.)