Thursday's annual meeting of the United Way of the Mark Twain Area celebrates this year’s ‘Give Hope’ campaign.
Vice President of Campaign Justin Gibson says they’re closing in on their 425-thousand dollar campaign goal. Gibson says they've about 81 percent of pledges to date with several opportunities to obtain the remaining dollars.

Agency of The Year honors go to the Paris Senior Center. Continental Cement and Green America Recycling are this year’s business partner of the year following their 25-thousand dollar grant to start a youth focused substance abuse prevention initiative. Long time Treasurer Jim Humphreys receives the Lifetime Dedication Award honoring his work as the organization’s treasurer since 1983. Forrest Gossett takes over as Vice President of Campaign. His duties begin in a few months.