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In the Neighborhood: Forts to Chair the 2019 United Way Campaign

The United Way of Greenbrier Valley is pleased to announce Dr. Kyle and Ann Fort will chair the 2019 campaign. The Forts are longtime stewards of their community and enthusiastic United Way supporters.

“Kyle and Ann have been instrumental in so many successful projects in our community,” says United Way Executive Director Erin Hurst. “I’m thrilled that the Forts are helping us with this year’s campaign.”

The Forts have contributed their time and energy to many important efforts over their 36 years in the Greenbrier Valley. In addition to chairing the New River Community and Technical College campaign that raised $1.25 million, they serve on the college’s foundation board. Ann was a founding member of the Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation and currently serves as vice president of the board of directors of Communities in Schools of Greenbrier County. Kyle is the former president of the West Virginia Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and serves on the Leadership Council for the WVU Cancer Institute.

“We want to make this the most successful United Way campaign ever,” says Ann Fort.

The Kilcollin Family chaired the United Way’s 2018 campaign, assisting in raising a record-breaking $400K. Debbie and Mark along with daughters Katie and Abby, were the first multi-generational campaign chairs, and, with the representation of Kilcollin Dental in both Greenbrier and Monroe counties, the family’s community influence was instrumental in United Way’s success.

 

“The Kilcollins contributed their time, talent, and treasure, showing up in every way,” Hurst beams. “We gained a new workplace campaign in Kilcollin Dental, the whole family attended United Way events, often adding something extra to each affair. We’re still amazed by the successful holiday event they hosted at Elmwood in Union that brought in $10,000!”

As the United Way of Greenbrier Valley celebrates the success of yet another banner year, Hurst notes that the needs of the community continue to grow. Last year’s increase in donations meant eight new partner programs were able to receive support from the United Way.

“I have no doubt the Forts are the perfect chairs to follow the Kilcollins’ remarkable campaign, and I look forward to working alongside them in reaching our ambitious and necessary goals,” she adds.

“This community has given us so much, and we want to give back,” says Kyle Fort. “Helping the United Way is one way we can. We’re not leaving the Greenbrier Valley. This is our home.”

The annual United Way Campaign kicks off each fall and runs through March. In keeping with its mission to be a “trusted partner that, through collaboration, advocates for a stronger, healthier, more altruistic community by inspiring people and mobilizing resources to meet human needs in Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas Counties,” the United Way responds to the needs of local communities through collaborative partnerships in the areas of health, education, and basic needs.

Learn how you can join the Forts in their campaign efforts by visiting UnitedWayGreenbrier.org.

– HashtagWV #118 October 2019.

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