By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 21, 2017
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The United Way of the Big Bend kicked off its 75th year of helping people in need and people in crisis.
Historic headlines and photos flashed on the big screen at the Civic Center Thursday and FAMU's Pep Band started things off with some big band favorites.
The United Way even gave a shout out to its start way back in 1943.
Campaign Chair Glenda Thornton wrapped up the event by telling the crowd of more than 500 people why she will be a lifelong giver to the United Way.
Thornton vividly recalls getting a hot meal from a United Way truck when a hurricane hit her hometown. She was 15 at the time.
"People don't realize that at any moment something can happen in their life where they may need United Way or one of their agencies and before you know it can happen. In my case it was after a hurricane," Thornton said.
The United Way of the Big Bend helps dozens of agencies in Leon and seven neighboring counties and spearheads both Read United and Smile United here in Tallahassee.