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Sandra Hall Ray

HALL RAY ANNOUNCED AS CHAIR OF 75th UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN

Sandra Hall Ray, a retired realtor and community philanthropist, will serve as the 2021 United Way of West Alabama (UWWA) Campaign Chair during the organization’s 75th Anniversary. Hall Ray will lead the fundraising efforts and guide the 2021-22 Campaign Cabinet. The Campaign Chair sets the annual campaign goal, helps identify new funding sources and builds relationships with community leaders and corporate donors to garner crucial financial support for UWWA’s 26 partner agencies across West Alabama.

 

Hall Ray is no stranger to leading altruistic efforts in Tuscaloosa. During her time as President and Broker of Hall-Ray Realty, Inc., she served on the board of directors for Easter Seals, United Cerebral Palsy, Crime Stoppers, Shelton State Community College Foundation, the Tuscaloosa Preservation Society, Theatre Tuscaloosa, the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts of America and Adopt-a-School. She has received the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa’s Druid Arts Special Award and Theatre Tuscaloosa’s Jake Leigeber Patron Award for her commitment and service to the arts.

 

“This is a celebratory year as we reflect on all the ways United Way has helped our community in the last 75 years;” said Hall Ray, “but are also beginning a campaign after one of the hardest-hit economic years we’ve seen in West Alabama and throughout the nation and world amid the COVID-19 pandemic. I know raising the needed funds will prove to be challenging, but people here have never backed down from that and have proven to continue to be generous.”

 

UWWA raises money for 26 local nonprofits. These partner agencies submit grants requesting funds to sustain and grow programming needed by those in West Alabama. While UWWA was able to offer financial support for agencies impacted by shutdowns and PPE requirements last year through the West Alabama Community Relief Fund, many are still trying to make up for cancelled fundraisers and grants that were halted.

 

“We are hoping to be able to reconnect with our employee campaigns and teams in person this year,” stated Monique Scott, UWWA Campaign Director. “We know our partner agencies are counting on us in a big way to deliver and being able to communicate and see needs first-hand makes such a big difference in giving.”

 

Education, one of UWWA’s three building blocks along with health and financial stability, has also been at the heart of Hall Ray’s service endeavors for more than 25 years. She was elected to the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education and served as President. She is a founding member and past president of UA’s College of Education Advisory Board and is a member of OLLI/UA where she serves on the curriculum board and participates in classes. She served for 14 years on the Alabama State Board of Education where she was elected in 1995. After retiring from the State Board and real estate, she is now pursing her interest in painting.

 

“We are delighted to have Sandra as our Chair this year. She has been involved and led so many organizations and has been a trailblazer for women leadership in places like the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary,” said Jackie Wuska, President and CEO of UWWA. “She is passionate about our community. We are excited to have her leadership as we raise support for the many areas of need in our community."

 

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