Mississippi Power’s Meridian Division and Community Connection Meridian Division Chapter combined to donate more than $15,000 to the Lauderdale County and Clarke County Relay For Life.
Forty-eight company employees and family members attended the first event held at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center, which featured the Meridian Division t-shirt design beating out 45 other relay teams to tie for first place in the Best Team T-Shirt competition. Those t-shirts will be sold companywide for $15 as an additional fundraiser.
Meridian Division Manager Eddie Kelly presented the family of retired electric serviceman Glen Hall with one of the shirts. Currently, Hall is in Atlanta undergoing treatment for cancer. Kelly and other company employees also presented a t-shirt to Scott Vincent, the son of retired Industrial Marketing Representative Tommy Vincent, who lost his wife to cancer in 2014.
The group also sold homemade desserts prepared by Tara Moore, Paula Jones, Mona Jackson, Carol Hunter and Cecily Granger.
“It was a great event and with incredible employee turnout for such an important cause,” said Fredie Carmichael, chairman of Meridian Division’s Relay For Life events. “Cancer is something that has touched all of us in some form. It was inspiring to see so many of our team members attend the event, many of whom brought their families after working 10-hour shifts.”
Volunteers also took part in the Clarke County Relay For Life at Archusa Creek Water Park in Quitman.
“We’re a Gold Sponsor of that event,” said Carmichael, “and we conducted a coloring contest for kids at our tent and our bucket truck assisted with the golf ball drop fundraiser.”
Carmichael added that company volunteers will be raising more money for the Lauderdale County Relay For Life with a May 15 golf tournament at Briarwood Golf Club.
The Meridian Division is selling Relay For Life t-shirts.
All proceeds will benefit Relay For Life. The shirts are heather gray. They are $15 for S-XL and $18 for 2X and up. Youth sizes are $15.
For more information on the t-shirts, e-mail Tara Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline for orders is May 20.