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United Way’s ‘Supper on the Sip’ was a big success



The United Way of West Central Mississippi kicked off its fund raising year with a delectable dinner and social event on the Old Highway 80 Bridge, Thursday, Sept. 26.


This event has become one of the highlights of the year in Vicksburg, and it is for a good cause: to raise funds for the UWWCM. Thirteen hours and 12 minutes after they went on sale, 750 “Supper on the Sip” tickets were sold. An additional 100 tickets were added, and those were gone almost as soon as they went up for sale.

The United Ways Michelle Connelly is as welcoming as the venue.

Participating restaurants all donated food, tents and staff to help make the event a success. This year, 22 locally owned and operated restaurants provided the good food, fun give aways and good-natured people who weathered the Mississippi afternoon sun to help raise funds for the United Way.

This is what a thousand or so people looks like as the lay siege to the Highway 80 bridge.

The United Way of West Central Mississippi is headed by a Board of Directors who oversee a staff dedicated to making our community a better place. Their website states:

“The United Way of West Central Mississippi is a 501(c)3 nonprofit working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health. These are the building blocks of a good life- a quality education, enough income to support a family, and good health. By bringing together people and resources to address these issues, and by attacking their underlying causes, we hope to make lasting, fundamental change- for everyone.”

Twenty-two area restaurants participated in the evening’s event. This is one of our personal favorites  (shameless plug).

In addition to making fundamental changes for everyone, the United Way strives to be the connecting link through which volunteers, resources and agencies unite to promote and enhance the quality of life in our communities for those who need help.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace, UWWCM Executive Director Michelle Connelly and Chief Deputy Billy Jo Heggins are three great community partners who help to make Vicksburg and Warren County a better place.

The event was from 6 to 8 p.m. with the participants enjoying an incredible evening of food, fellowship and one of the community’s best views.

The sun sets on yet another successful fundraiser for the residents of Warren County.

See our on-the-scene live video on our Facebook page.

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