Katherine and Derrek Thomason will be named honorary chairpersons of the 57th Annual United Way Campaign at the United Way Campaign CEO and Campaign Coordinator Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Centennial Valley Country Club Event Center.

Over the past decade, needs for United Way services have increased to more than $1 million in Faulkner and Perry counties. The goal for United Way of Central Arkansas is to add donors to meet that need.

United Way donations support 30 programs in 18 member agencies. These programs focus their efforts to provide sustainable impact on education, income or health.

The Thomasons have called Conway their home for 11 years. They are both from Pine Bluff and have one son, Brooks, who is beginning 9th grade.

Katherine graduated from William Woods University with a BA degree. She also received a BS degree in Occupational Therapy from UCA. Derrek graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a degree in Finance and Banking.

Katherine worked more than 20 years as an occupational therapist but is now employed as a real estate agent with the Charlotte John Company. Derrek has been in banking for 26 years with the past 11 years in Conway, where he is now Conway Division President for Bank of the Ozarks.

Derrek and Katherine have been involved with the United Way for many years, with Derrek serving on the board for six years, two of those as president.

Katherine stated, "Derrek and I have grown up in families who have been very involved with their communities. We have always tried to get involved in the four Arkansas cities in which we have lived, and Conway is such a great place to live and raise a family. We are so excited to represent the United Way."

Derrek added, "Katherine and I are well aware of all the great United Way agencies and the terrific job that each one of these agencies does in our community. We look forward to working toward a wonderful campaign and are truly grateful to represent the United Way."

United Way of Central Arkansas’ campaign goal this year is $620,000. To pledge or for more information, visit www.unitedwaycentralark.org or call 501-327-5087.