Thank you for making the $50K Giveaway a success!
Our first ever $50K Giveaway is officially in the books, and it was a big success! Thanks to our generous donors from all over north Mississippi -- and even across the U.S. -- we sold a total of 2,458 tickets. That's over $245,000 raised!

On February 14, we drew our winner live on WTVA 9 News, and if you haven't already heard, the lucky recipient of $50,000 is Courtney Cowley of Guntown . She was pretty stunned when we called her to let her know. Congratulations, Courtney! We can't wait to hear what you do with the money.

There was also another big winner in the giveaway. We offered a $10,000 incentive to our partner agencies to help us sell tickets. Each agency got a unique promo code that ticket buyers could put in during the purchase and give credit to that agency for their ticket. The agency who sold the most tickets would receive $10,000.

Today we presented the award to the agency that sold the most tickets! Congratulations to Sanctuary Hospice!
Left to right: Sam Pace, chairman of the Sanctuary Hospice Board; Harold Plunkett, executive director of Sanctuary Hospice; Lisa Hawkins, $50K Giveaway committee chair; Mary Ann Plasencia, United Way; Mattie Mize, United Way.
Welcome Rebecca to our staff!
In January, Rebecca Nelson joined our staff as the Director of Volunteer Northeast Mississippi. You may recall that Volunteer NEMS launched almost a year ago as an online hub for volunteers and nonprofits in our region. Thanks to a grant from Volunteer Mississippi, we are expanding the program and needed a great leader to work with our nonprofits, volunteer groups, businesses, schools, and everyone else to make this a big success. We're thrilled to have Rebecca on board and can't wait to share the exciting updates that are coming to the volunteer hub!
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