As the Hope/Hempstead Chamber of Commerce banquet commenced Monday, the United Way also saluted its top annual business donors as well as its director of the past 25 years, Paula Pack.

As the Hope/Hempstead Chamber of Commerce banquet commenced Monday, the United Way also saluted its top annual business donors as well as its director of the past 25 years, Paula Pack.
The United Way top five donors list included familiar names, including Tyson Foods, Wadley Regional Medical Center, Rainbow of Challenges, New Millennium, and SWEPCO, who combined raised for over $60,000.   
There was a special moment honoring Paula Pack, who has been associated with the Hempstead United Way in some capacity for the past 25 years.  For the past 20 years, Pack has served as the organization’s executive director, and her story in the community has been well-known and chronicled.
Pack was originally a one-time United Way Board member, and then served as the agency’s secretary under Ron Price for a year; after Price departed, Pack assumed the director’s seat as as she said “I’ve been there ever since.”
As her custom over the years, Peck has always touted the Hempstead United Way’s service impact, its agencies, and its board.
“The United Way serves between 5,000 to 8,000 people in Hempstead County. We’ve always been fortunate to have good agencies and good board members,” she said.
The agencies also also well-known and established, including names like Hospice of Hope, Domestic Violence Prevention, Hope in Action, Girls Scouts, Rainbow of Challenges, Charitable Christian Medical Clinic of Hope, Hempstead County 4-H, the Hope First Choice Pregnancy Resource Center, Junior Auxiliary Children’s Fund, Harvest Regional Food Bank, and Hope for Paws.
There was also a special “Veterans Employer Recognition” award as well announced by Paul Henley. The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office was recognized as it has three of its deputies serving in the National Guard.