Coach Butch Jones helps kick off 2013 United Way Campaign

UT Coach Butch Jones helps kick off 2013 United Way Campaign

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UT head football coach Butch Jones stepped up to lend his and his team's support for the 2013 United Way campaign. UT head football coach Butch Jones stepped up to lend his and his team's support for the 2013 United Way campaign.
"Our goal is $12 million which we think is pretty ambitious, but we think we can get there and we just need the help of the Knoxville community," said Campaign Chair Bob Kesling. "Our goal is $12 million which we think is pretty ambitious, but we think we can get there and we just need the help of the Knoxville community," said Campaign Chair Bob Kesling.
"We already operate on such a shoestring budget as it is if we had to cut anymore it would be very difficult," said April Stouffer with the Tennessee Mountain Valley Red Cross. "We already operate on such a shoestring budget as it is if we had to cut anymore it would be very difficult," said April Stouffer with the Tennessee Mountain Valley Red Cross.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The United Way of Greater Knoxville kicked off its 2013 campaign Tuesday morning at the University of Tennessee's new Anderson Training Center.

The location seemed like the ideal setting for Tuesday's event. The training center is where the Vols will kick off what they hope to be a successful season and what United Way hopes will be a successful campaign.

"Our goal is $12 million which we think is pretty ambitious, but we think we can get there and we just need the help of the Knoxville community," said Campaign Chair Bob Kesling.

The United Way helps several local organizations, many of which already operate on very small budgets. April Stouffer with the Tennessee Mountain Valley Red Cross says they would have to cut several of their programs if not for United Way funding.

"We already operate on such a shoestring budget as it is if we had to cut anymore it would be very difficult," said Stouffer.

"The need every year in our community doesn't go down and that's why we need people to step up and help us," added Kesling.

UT head football coach Butch Jones stepped up to lend his and his team's support for the campaign.

"We talk about being champions in the community and we're very proud to say since December 7th team 117 has logged more than 1,500 hours of community service," said Jones. "We're obviously very proud of that and United Way is a big part of that."

United Way hopes others will be just as inspired to give as the campaign rolls on.

Though the campaign only kicked off Tuesday, $3.3 million dollars has already been raised, which is almost 30 percent of United Way's $12 million goal.

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