(SAVANNAH, GA) United Way of the Coastal Empire announces Cecilia Russo Turner, President and CEO of Cecilia Russo Marketing, as the 2021 Campaign Chair. In this one-year term, Russo Turner will lead the campaign fundraising efforts to reach a multi-million-dollar fundraising goal across four southeast Georgia counties: Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty. The campaign officially kicked off on Thursday, September 9.
“I have been involved with United Way for many years through volunteerism, advocacy, and as a donor, well before serving as a Board Member,” said Russo Turner. “I agreed to be the campaign Vice-Chair for 2020 in the winter months of 2019, long before our world changed as we know it. While there were many challenges in 2020, I came away from that campaign further prepared and inspired to take on this role for 2021.”
United Way of the Coastal Empire is driven by hundreds of passionate community leaders who dedicate a significant amount of time and expertise to our mission, none more so than our courageous and dedicated 2021 Campaign Chair Cecilia Russo Turner,” said Jeff O’Connor, Senior Vice President with First Citizens Bank and Chairman of the United Way of the Coastal Empire Board of Directors.  “Cecilia’s love for this community is reflected in the incredible amount of time and commitment she has put into the campaign to help improve lives throughout our four-county region.”
As Russo Turner takes the helm of this year’s campaign, she will strive to “cast a wider net” and she invites more people to become involved by increasing overall support and thus more positively impacting our community.
“We will be focusing on raising awareness and contributions for the United Way Community Fund, which serves as a golden safety net for our four counties,” Russo Turner continued. “United Way is a safety net for our entire community, catching people when they fall and providing a path toward upward mobility. The Community Fund is what allows us to do this critical work.”
Serving alongside Russo Turner, Cindy Robinett, a Partner of Sterling Seacrest Pritchard, has been named the 2021 Campaign Vice-Chair.
“I am humbled and honored to be chosen for this important position, and I am so enthusiastic about working with this amazing team to make a real impact in so many people’s lives,” Russo Turner said. “The work of our community coming together is what is going to make the Coastal Empire and the grit we’ve been through become a beautiful pearl.”
The Resource Development committee members include:
Michael Solomon was named the Ambassadors and Business Champions Team Leader.
The Tocqueville Society Chairs include:
The Beacon Society Chairs include:
The Local Business & Always United Challenge cabinet members include:
The Service Sector cabinet members include:
The Supply Chain cabinet members include:
The Public Service cabinet members include:
The Professionals cabinet members include:
The Education cabinet members include:
The Effingham County cabinet members include:
The Bryan County cabinet members include:
The Liberty County cabinet member includes:
  • Chris Stacy (Chair)
About United Way of the Coastal Empire
The mission of United Way of the Coastal Empire is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. United Way is a volunteer-driven organization serving Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty counties that involves hundreds of community leaders, professionals, and other volunteers in every aspect of our business including fundraising, marketing, and funding decisions, to ensure that donors’ donations are truly making a difference. Thanks to the Herschel V. Jenkins Trust Fund and other income, most of the operating expenses of the organization are covered, allowing more donor contributions to go where they’re most needed in service to the community.  For more information, please visit www.uwce.org.


Jaime Dailey-Vergara
Vice President of Marketing
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