United Way of Sumner County kicks off new campaign year

Hendersonville, Tenn. – United Way of Sumner County will kick off its 2021-22 campaign year with a family-oriented event designed to encourage a new generation of young philanthropists to give back to the community and help their neighbors in need.

The non-profit is hosting a free movie in the park at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Veterans Park in Hendersonville.

The movie, Mary Poppins, is the original Walt Disney production starring Julie Andrews as a high-flying, magical nanny who changes the lives of a British banker and his children.

“This movie is a family classic and aligns perfectly with our motto of creating positive change,” said Erin Birch, chief executive officer of United Way of Sumner County. “We are thrilled to involve all ages in our efforts to improve the lives of our Sumner County neighbors.

“There is no charge,” Birch said. “We just want everyone to come and have a good time and learn a little about United Way and the work we do, and then enjoy the movie.”

United Way of Sumner County, which formed in 1977, works to improve lives in Sumner County by raising awareness about the critical issues affecting the community and funding social service agencies designed to solve those problems.

“Our four focus areas are education, health, financial stability and rebuilding lives,” Birch said. “The 33 programs we fund touch every age group, from newborns to senior citizens.

“We hope by having a kick-off event designed for all ages that we will raise awareness about the need for everyone to get involved in helping their neighbors,” Birch said.

The event opens at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 7:30 p.m. There will be food vendors on hand selling barbecue, ice cream and popcorn, and there will be some fun giveaways, Birch said.

“Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy some family fun,” Birch said.

Veterans Park is located at 140 Scotch St. in Hendersonville.

To learn more about United Way of Sumner County, visit www.unitedwaysumner.org or call 615-461-8371.

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