United Way of Southwest Louisiana introduces Campaign Chair Stephen Dwight at Annual Breakfast

October 26, 2021, by Tami

Team United Calls On Volunteers At Kickoff Breakfast

LAKE CHARLES, LA, October 26 – United Way of Southwest Louisiana gathered supporters and volunteers at a campaign breakfast to introduce Stephen Dwight as the 2021 Campaign Chairman. The breakfast, postponed because of COVID-19, is an annual event that celebrates those vital to the nonprofit and its success.

The Barbe High School Marching Band played the National Anthem alongside the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Department Flag Corps. McNeese Baseball Coach Justin Hill led the Pledge of Allegiance while Sister Miriam MacLean from Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana led the breakfast in prayer.

"We were incredibly thankful to be together today because last year's breakfast, scheduled for the same day as Hurricane Laura, obviously never happened," explained Denise Durel, president and CEO for United Way of Southwest Louisiana. "Although we were able to serve more than 766,000 individuals here at home last year, we missed gathering with those who make it possible for us to do that work. This is our pep rally!"

The theme of "Team United" was used by organizations when participating in the t-shirt contest. This year, CITGO Petroleum won the competition with LyondellBasell coming in close.

The campaign video showcases all of the work done in 2020 despite a pandemic and two hurricanes. It can be viewed on the United Way of Southwest Louisiana Youtube or website.

If you or your organization are interested in holding campaign events supporting United Way of Southwest Louisiana, contact information and materials can be found online or by email.

Meeting sponsors fund the cost of the kickoff breakfast. Legacy Sponsors are CITGO Petroleum Corporation, BioLab-Kik Consumer Products, Alfred Palma, Inc., Lotte Chemical, Phillips 66 and Westlake Chemical Corporation. Hospitality Sponsors are Entergy Louisiana, JD Bank, Polaris Engineering, Turner Industries Group, Visit Lake Charles and West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. Community Sponsors are Brown & Root, B1Bank, GRACE, Hancock Whitney, Stine Lumber Company and The Evangeline Bank. Supporters are Calcasieu Refining Company, Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District, R & H Refractory Services, Inc. Sponsors are Beauregard Health Systems, Langley, Williams & Company, LLC and McNeese Foundation.

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About United Way of Southwest Louisiana

Working with the community and many partners for 81 years, United Way of Southwest Louisiana tackles the critical human services issues facing our five-parish footprint of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis. Our United approach is changing the odds for all children, families and individuals in the community, so that we all have the opportunity to succeed. Learn more about our life-changing work at Unitedwayswla.org and follow us on social media @UnitedWayofSWLA

- Operating in the TOP 9% of all U.S. United Ways. –TOP 125 out of 1300 United Ways!
- Maintains a 4-STAR charity rating with Charity Navigator and a PLATINUM SEAL OF TRANSPARENCY with GuideStar