Dr. Rick White, Dr. Anita White and Orv Kimbrough

Dr. Richard “Rick” White and Dr. Anita White serve as co-chairs of the Charmaine Chapman Society's 2018 campaign. United Way President and CEO Orvin Kimbrough joined them for the kick off. 

Charmaine Chapman Society (CCS), United Way’s African American Leadership and the top philanthropic program for African Americans in the nation, recently announced a $3.9 million campaign goal, the largest goal in the group’s 24-year history. Dr. Richard “Rick” White and Dr. Anita White, who serve as this year’s CCS co-chairs, made the announcement.

“The Charmaine Chapman Society is centered around a culture of caring, a united community and a continued legacy of helping others,” said Rick White. “United Way of Greater St. Louis touches the lives of more than 1 million people each year, and the impact of the Society and its members is a critical component of this.”

Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society is comprised of African Americans who donate $1,000 or more annually to United Way. With more than 850 local members, CCS raised a record $3.8 million for United Way of Greater St. Louis in 2017.

“Through the Society and United Way, we have an opportunity to lead the change we all want to see in our region, now and for the generations that will follow us,” Anita White said. “Rick and I are confident that once again our community will come together to provide hope, strength and a helping hand to our neighbors in need.”

Nearly 200 members gathered for a kickoff event at Jefferson Underground. Guests enjoyed the music of NBC’s The Voice contestant, Tish Haynes-Keys, and her band One Band One Sound.

Last month, 2018 United Way of Greater St. Louis campaign co-chairs, Washington University Chancellor Dr. Mark Wrighton and Jeff Fox, CEO of the Harbour Group, announced a region-wide campaign goal of $76 million.

For more information on donating to United Way or joining CCS, visit www.HelpingPeople.org.

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