Tuesday’s United Way of Hamblen County Annual Meeting was a victory party.

The United Way exceeded its goal of $1,450,000 by $1,671.

“This goal could not have been reached had we not been a community united,” 2019 Campaign Chairman Greg Steisslinger said. “It’s because of people like you that we have one of the best United Ways in this great state of Tennessee. It’s because of people like you that we live in such a great community. A community united.”

Steisslinger said that as this year’s campaign has been winding down in the last few weeks, the campaign theme “Community United” couldn’t have been more evident.

“We worked hard all the way to the end, we came together, we had a common goal, we were, we are, a community united,” he said.

Fifteen companies raised 58 percent of the goal this year. Top contributors were JTEKT Automotive, Rogers Petroleum, Meritor, MAHLE, Colortech, Arconic, First Horizon Bank, Inteplast Group, Wallace Hardware, Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, Hamblen County Schools, Tuff Torq, Rich Products, Strate Insurance Group and International Paper.

Steisslinger was quick to honor the United Way staff, Gary Matthews, Edwin Goan and Bobbie Breeding.

“Without them, this would not be possible,” he said. “I would like to take this opportunity to make sure everybody knows what a fantastic job they do. They are committed, organized, focused, thorough, hard-working and absolutely dedicated to the United Way and the agencies that they serve.”

“It’s been a pleasure working with Gary (Matthews, Executive Director of United Way of Hamblen County), the agency and division chairs and the community. We had a common goal, a common purpose, we worked together. It’s truly been my honor to serve the United Way and our community in this role,” Steisslinger said. “It’s been a challenge, but it’s been an honor at the same time. It’s been something I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.”

Steisslinger also honored the agency directors and staff for their hard work and dedication year after year in serving the community. The media in Morristown was also honored for its coverage of the United Way campaign.

For the year ending Nov. 30, United Way made a profit of $26,267. Total income was $1,394,572 with expenditures totaling $1,368,305.

Ten people were nominated and elected to three-year terms on the United Way Board of Directors. They were Leigh Ann Allen, of Commercial Bank; Mike Best, of MAHLE; Dan Blair, of Arconic; Tim Coley, of First Horizon Bank; Jeff Cranford of Wimberly, Lawson, Wright, Daves & Jones, PLLC; Susanne Deneau, of Andrew Johnson Bank; Joe Molitor, of Iatric; Drew Rowe, of Sonoco; Gean Ann Sing, of Bible Insurance Agency; and community volunteer Carl Storms.

David Culvern, a community volunteer, was nominated and elected to a one-year term on the board.

David Slack, county executive for HomeTrust Bank, was announced as the 2020 United Way of Hamblen County Campaign Chair. Slack has been in the Lakeway Area for two years and serves on the United Way Board of Directors. He also participated in the budget and allocations committee this year and chaired the F.I.R.E. division in this year’s campaign cabinet.