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United Way Announces 2012 Campaign Leaders
Thirteen local business, public sector and community leaders will serve as volunteer ambassadors to lead the United Way 2012 annual fundraising campaign, which kicks off Friday, Sept. 14.
At the head of the Campaign Cabinet is James L. Phillips (pictured), Managing Partner of KPMG, a member of United Way’s Board of Directors and the 2012 Campaign Chair. In his role as Chair, Phillips will lead the Cabinet and the community in raising at least $16.7 million over the next year for United Way, its partner agencies and impact initiatives.
“Giving to United Way is one of the best ways to make an impact on the community,” Phillips said. “As a United Way volunteer, I have seen how urgent the needs are in the Richmond region. By supporting United Way, each of us can make a greater impact together than we can alone.”
Joining Phillips on the Campaign Cabinet is S. Buford Scott, Chairman of BB&T Scott & Stringfellow. He will serve as the fundraising campaign’s Honorary Chair to mark the 40th anniversary of his service as Chair of the Campaign Cabinet.
Alongside Phillips and Scott will be Thomas R. Byrd, who will take the lead on fundraising efforts with United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society in Richmond. Byrd, founder of the Take Care Group, LLC and Chairman of Greater Richmond Fit4Kids, is a former president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia. He is a member of the Board of Directors for several local organizations, including the Leadership Council of United Way’s Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond partnership.
“We all have a stake in creating a healthy and prosperous community,” said Lynn H. Pharr, CEO of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. “Volunteers like Jim Phillips, Buford Scott, Tom Byrd and the entire Campaign Cabinet play a critical role in that work at United Way. Their leadership during this campaign will be essential to our success.”
In addition to Phillips, Scott and Byrd, members of the 2012 Campaign Cabinet include:
Maggi Beckstoffer, President, MBM Marketing.
Yvonne Brandon, Superintendent, Richmond Public Schools.
David P. Budinger, Associate Director, McGuire Veterans Hospital.
Matthew E. Cheek, Partner, Williams Mullen.
Donna C. Craver, Partner, KPMG.
Brigadier General Scott W. Jansson, Commander, DLA Aviation.
Michael R. Lomax, Executive Vice President, Central Virginia, SunTrust Bank.
Byron Marshall, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Richmond.
Cindy Morgan, Publisher, (Petersburg) Progress-Index.
Shannon Venable, Vice President – Information Technology, Dominion Resources Inc.