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Coastal Empire United Way's Bryan County office sets $200,000 goal for 2018 campaign
Pembroke Advanced Communications named 'Volunteer of the Year
Students in Miss Beth's 3-year-old class at Richmond Hill United Methodist Day School helped announce the 2018 fundraising goal at Thursday's campaign kickoff at the City Center. - photo by Jeff Whitten

Miss Beth's 3-year-old class at Richmond Hill United Methodist Church's Day School will probably be getting a lot of face time on social media in the coming days. 

That after the pint-sized students in "Live United" T-shirts helped the Bryan County office of the Coastal Empire United Way announce its 2018 fundraising goal of $200,000 during a campaign kickoff Thursday at the Richmond Hill City Center. 

They also helped recite the Pledge of Allegiance. See video below.

During the event, 2018 campaign Chairwoman Amy Murphy called Bryan County the most caring community she's ever known. 

Murphy, who will also become chairwoman of the Bryan County Board of Education in January, is a clinical social worker and therapist. She said in her work she has seen how United Way helps others and has long been a supporter of United Way programs.

Murphy urged volunteers to help make a difference in people's lives by giving through donations or payroll deductions. 

Also at the event, Pembroke Advanced Communications was named the United Way's volunteer of the year by Bryan County United Way Office Director Kristi Cox. 

She said PAC employees are key in helping distribute food to those in need in North Bryan, and company owners Jeanne McCormick and Mary Anna Hite regularly allow employees to help good causes during working hours. 

United Way CEO Deb Thompson also spoke during the event, which was emceed by Richmond Hill High School Athletic Director Mickey Bayens. 

Miss Beth's class also led the pledge of allegiance. Richmond Hill's Anna Benton sang the national anthem, and Pembroke Christian Church Pastor Jim Sullivan gave the invocation. 

VIDEO: Pledge of Allegiance from 3-year-old class at RH United Methodist Church's Day School

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