United Way kicks off campaign in a big way

Published 7:55 pm Thursday, September 27, 2018

After torrential downpours Wednesday, rainclouds moved out of Vicksburg by Thursday afternoon allowing for the inaugural “Supper on the ’Sip.”

The event, which was held on the Old Mississippi River Bridge, served as the kickoff for the United Way of West Central Mississippi’s annual campaign drive.

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“We are so excited the weather held out,” UWWCM director of marketing and community relations, Kami May said.

“It was really scary there. We got lots of calls to see if it was going to be canceled, but ultimately with good communication and John Elfer along with local leaders in our community, they said ‘go for it.’”

Although patrons of the event missed out on the view of a sunset due to low cloud cover, the ambience of dining above Old Man River more than made up.

“Being out on the Old Bridge is equal to the sunset. We can see the sunsets from 10South or the overlook, but being on the Old Bridge — being allowed on the old bridge, is wonderful, Jennifer Harper said.

Tim Reeves, who serves as the chairman of the UWWCM board concurred, and added, “From the very first time this was mentioned, it was a rock star idea and every time I heard more about it, it just seemed to get better and better. And even though we don’t have the sunset, I don’t think this could have come off any better or been more successful. I am tremendously proud of the folks that put this together.”

In addition to dining on the bridge, patrons also had the opportunity to learn more about the UWWCM 19 partner agencies that had set up tables along the bridge and were sharing their respective stories.

“This event is for them and all the money we raised tonight will be going directly to them,” May said, adding, “So far each agency is going to get $1,000 just off of the ticket sales alone.”

May said 500 tickets were sold and next year they are hoping to be able to increase that number, along with expanding the event.

“At first we wanted it to be just Vicksburg restaurants, but now that we saw this take off, we are hoping to open it up to Jackson area restaurants and also to Monroe restaurants, because ultimately we are on the Mississippi Bridge and this is a bridge to Louisiana. So we are hoping to get those restaurants involved also,” May said.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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