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United Way is on a mission

POSTED: September 12, 2012 2:00 p.m.
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United Way of the Coastal Empire campaign chairman Sam McCachern “soars” into the Savannah Civic Center.

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SAVANNAH — Sam McCachern made a quite an entrance to illustrate the theme for this year’s fundraising campaign for the United Way of the Coastal Empire, “Mission: Possible.”

Decked out in a tuxedo and sunglasses, the campaign chairman rappelled from the ceiling of the Savannah Civic Center as the crowd cheered and the Johnny Rivers song “Secret Agent Man” blared over the speakers.

Once his feet were on the ground, McCachern told the audience of United Way supporters that they too are “secret agents,” meaning they give back to the community without fanfare. They all will be counted on to help meet this year’s campaign goal of raising $8.7 million to support United Way agencies in Effingham, Chatham, Bryan and Liberty counties.

“Some needs (in the community) are known. Some are secret. Our mission is possible,” McCachern said. “There are thousands of ‘secret agents’ among us who put their hearts and souls into making life better for others.”

The United Way in Bryan County will have its campaign kickoff at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Richmond Hill City Center.

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