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March 25, 2013

Root selected as United Way campaign chairwoman

DUNCAN — In five years, Haylee Root has gone from not knowing much about the United Way organization to overseeing the upcoming United Way of Stephens County campaign.

This past campaign, Root was a loaned executive for the local  United Way group. Root represented Duncan Regional Hospital. Root said her employment at the hospital is what led her to learn more about the United Way.

“I got the boss’s blessing,” Root said about becoming campaign chairwoman. “I’m really excited. I like to have this kind of creative freedom. I want to target companies in creative ways.

Root said DRH is active with United Way, from having payroll deductions to setting employee goals in competitions. Root is interested in finding a co-chair who may not know much about the United Way so he or she can learn more about the organization, just as she did.

Root said she’s looking forward to what the campaign will bring. On Thursday, she met with Lauren Ellis, United Way of Stephens County director, and Russ Stewart, 2012 campaign chairman, to discuss the upcoming campaign.

“We want to have a new look and feel,” Root said. “We were talking about ways we can improve the loaned executives program.

“Russ gave us the gist of what he would do better.”

As campaign chairwoman, Root will attend monthly United Way board meetings to give updates on the campaign. She will also work toward finding new ways to raise funds for the campaign and to stir up interest in the organization.

Although the fundraising goal hasn’t been set for United Way’s new campaign season yet, Root is aiming to go beyond what was raised in the 2012 campagin. She said there is plenty of potential with this year’s campaign, and she wants to aim high.

“I want us to get more companies involved,” Root said.

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